Blatnick Becomes No. 7

The Oklahoma State Cowboys continued their push into the state of Texas this week with the addition of their seventh verbal commitment. Jamie Blatnick, an athletic lineman from Celina, Texas, became the sixth player from Texas - and seventh overall – to verbally commit to Oklahoma State.

The 6-3, 250-pound Blatnick confirmed Wednesday morning that he would be a Cowboy when the 2007 football season kicks off. He joins Jason Hannan (6-3 1/2, 280) of Waxahachie, Nick Martinez (6-4, 291) of Floresville, and Jonathan Rush (6-4 1/2, 271) of Killeen, Tyrell Higgins (6-3, 255) of Schertz, and Kenny Alexander (6-1, 210) of McKinney as Texas prep standouts who have indicated they will sign with the Cowboys next February. Verbal commitments are non-binding until the February signing day.

"I visted all of the other schools (recruiting him) and they didn't match up," Blatnick told Robert Allen today. "I just thought the fan base and the program were what I was looking for.

"You can get a good education at all of these schools," Blatnick continued, "but at Oklahoma State I really liked the coaches. Coach (Mike) Gundy seems like a really cool guy and I liked coach (Nelson) Barnes. They seemed trustworthy, like they wouldn't mess you around. The facilities are going to be great, but it was more the people that I based my decisioin on."

Blatnick, who expects to play defensive end at OSU, plays on both sides of the ball at Celina, which was 16-0 and won the Class 2A Division II state championship a year ago. He had 50 downfield blocks and recorded 12 pancake blocks last season as he earned All-State honors for the Bobcats.

"How would I describe myself as a player? That's hard. I would say I'm a very physical layer but I try to be smart on the football field -- a physical, smart player," Blatnick said.

Blatnick has a bench press max of 400 pounds and a squad max of 485 pounds. The outstanding student (he plans to go to medical school and scored a 1580 on the SAT) picked Oklahoma State after being offered scholarships by Duke, Texas Tech and TCU.

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