Recruiting: Cowboys Pick Up Fifth Commitment

The Oklahoma State Cowboys received another verbal commitment – the fifth for the 2008 recruiting class – from the second offensive lineman in the last 24 hours on Thursday morning. The Cowboy coaching staff received a telephone call from another Texas high school lineman. We visited with the player and his high school school just a little while after he visited with Mike Gundy.

Patrick Hoog, a 6-3 1/2, 295-pound lineman from Class 3A Medina Valley High School in Castroville, Texas, confirmed that he committed to Oklahoma State this morning. "I tried to call them last night but couldn't get in touch with anyone so I called this morning and committed," Hoog said.

Hoog said that Gundy, offensive line coach Joe Wickline and tight ends coach Doug Meacham (who recruited him) were happy to receive the news Thursday morning.

"They have a very good engineering program and that's what I want to major in," Hoog said when asked why he chose Oklahoma State. "Plus, the campus is really nice, I really liked the coaches, and Stillwater is a small town and that is probably best for me."

Hoog's upside is incredible considering that he is only 16 years old (he turns 17 next month), and has a bench press max of 430 pounds and a squat max of 660 pounds.

"Who knows what is going to happen down the road but they're getting a 16-year-old kid who is 6-3 1/2 and 295 pounds and can bench press 430 pounds, and he's still growing," said Medina Valley head coach Brian Emerson. "Physically, he's got the making of a great offensive lineman.

"Oklahoma State is getting a kid that is 110 percent committed to being a great football player," Emerson continued. "He's an excellent student and will represent the university well. Oklahoma State is getting a kid that will do nothing but be a credit to the program. He will represent the football program and university very well. We're extremely proud of him."

Hoog visited Oklahoma State during the spring game in April and came away impressed.

He selected OSU after receiving offers from Missouri, Duke, Arizona State, Texas Tech, UTEP and Rice.

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