Recruiting: Lavine Settled In, Ready To Sign

Patrick Lavine is another of the very early commitments that Oklahoma State received last summer. It was Lavine that jumped the gun ahead of two other Houstonites that also became summer commitments to the Cowboys. Houston (Madison) linebacker Donnell Williams stuck and enrolled in OSU early for the second semester, while Klein (Collins) running back Michael Goodson eventually de-committed and went with Texas A&M. As for Lavine, he had no regrets.

"It was the best decision that I could make for myself," said the standout defender. "They want me to play outside linebacker and that is fine by me. It was all right in terms of my season. I didn't think it was the best of my three seasons in high school and the commitment and everything really didn't hit me until after the season was over."

Lavine is excited about football, but as he enters college he has another very important agenda.

"I want to get my degree," said Lavine. "If I can go to school and get my degree then I will be the first man in my family to get a degree."

Lavine is not your basic defender. He is big enough to be a linebacker but has the speed and athleticism to play safety. So for him the move Oklahoma State plans to make to linebacker is natural. In fact, he has played that position before.

"My sophomore season I played outside linebacker, but the senior that played safety that season graduated," said Lavine. "In our defense at Jersey Village safety is the most important position on the field so they moved me there. This season they tried to get me some exposure at linebacker, but the defense wasn't working with other guys back there and I moved back. At Oklahoma State it's not going to be that big a thing to move to linebacker. I really like the coaches. They have a young staff that makes it fun and they are easy to relate to."

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