Recruiting: Youman Becomes No. 18

Tight end Wilson Youman of St. Martinville, La., announced Thursday morning that he is heading to Oklahoma State to play his college football. The 6-5, 245-pound tight end/defensive end will start out on the offensive side of the ball at Oklahoma State.

Youman, who is expected to meet with area newspapers and make his commitment official later today, picked the Cowboys over offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe. He had visited Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech before making an official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend.

"We're not going to make a real big deal out of this today but Wilson wanted to get it out of the way," St. Martinville head coach Gregg Hudson said Thursday morning. "We're real excited and happy for Wilson. Wilson is going to a tremendous school, both in football and academically. Oklahoma State is getting a tremendous football player."

"I really wanted to get this done to let the other schools know about it," said Youman, who actually called OSU head coach Mike Gundy and tight ends coach Doug Meacham on Wednesday night to inform them of his decision. "My visit to Oklahoma State was by far my best visit. I really liked seeing the players and the coaches and the way they interacted. That's a group and a family that I want to be a part of."

Youman had said after his visit that he was impressed with the total organization at Oklahoma State, the training table and meals for the athletes, the facilities, and the way the coaches and players treated him on the weekend. His coach said he also spoke about seeing Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy and taking a picture next to it.

Youman is a big, strong athlete that is a two-time All-District 5-4A selection. He was honorable mention Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State in 2005 and was a first team All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association this past season.

"We played him more on defense than on offense," said Hudson. "He fit better with what we were doing on that side of the ball. He only caught seven passes but five of those went for touchdowns. I caught a lot of flack at the quarterback club meetings for not throwing the ball to him more."

On defense Youman finished with 81 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception. Youman becomes the Cowboys 18th commitment in the 2007 recruiting class.

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