Recruiting: Imade Becomes No. 7

Oklahoma State has its seventh commitment and this one may be a little off the radar screen but that is not surprising as the Cowboy staff is known for going out in evaluations and finding its own players and not necessarily the ones everybody sees posted on the Internet. Safety Deion Imade of Rowlett, Texas is listed on and reports his size is 6-0, 185 pounds and that he runs a 4.4.

Last season he earned postseason honors after making 107 total tackles for a playoff team at Rowlett. Word of his commitment came out when Scout's Matthew Stepp spoke with Kiff Hardin, the head coach at Rowlett, and was told that Imade had committed to OSU.

"Yes sir, I'm just waiting for the offer papers to come in and then when the offer papers come in I will get a hold of the coach and make my official verbal commitment," confirmed Imade in his own words.

The 6-0, 185-pound Imade is not only quick but he is also strong. He has a 255-pound max on the bench press and he can squat 405 pounds. Players hate to answer this question but having seen no video on Imade we had to ask him what kind of player he is.

"I really like to play close to the ball and I'm aggressive," described Imade of himself. "I'm working on my man-to-man coverage right now, and I'm getting better. But I really like to be aggressive and get to the ball real fast. I run a 4.4 right now. I run track. I run the 100 meters and I'm an alternate on the 4X100 and the 4X200 relay teams."

His brother also runs track and Dexter Imade rushed for 1,351 yards last season. A year older than Deion and a graduating senior, Dexter is heading to Texas State University in San Marcos to play football for the Bobcats.

The track season and spring football in Texas often overlap. That is the case for Imade as we asked when he and his Rowlett teammates put on the helmets and pads again.

"It starts in two days," said Imade, who also mentioned that district track is this coming weekend.

While many schools had inquired with the coaching staff at Rowlett and wanted to check him out, Imade said he was hearing from a number of schools in recruiting.

"I was being recruited by Rice, SMU, Iowa State, and Kansas and all those other schools, but Oklahoma State really grabbed my attention," said Imade.

"I've been really looking at their safeties and Andre Sexton and really liking the way he plays and the way they are coaching him down there. He is one of the people I've been watching these past few years and I really want to go play there. I really wanted to play in the Big 12 against that good competition like Texas Tech, Texas, and Oklahoma and all of them."

Imade isn't going into the commitment blindly. He actually went further in describing why he committed to Oklahoma State and what he knows about the Cowboys. He is a well spoken young man and reportedly a good student, which Mike Gundy and his staff seem to be on a run in recruiting.

"I knew it was a good program, an up and coming program," added Imade. "I knew the strength and conditioning coach is really good and that everybody in the NFL wanted him and stuff like that. I knew about Coach Gundy and his coaching style and that one time with him on the news. I'm looking forward to meeting him. I'm planning on going up there for a visit sometime after the spring."

Imade becomes the seventh commitment for the 2010 class for the Cowboys. He is the fourth commitment on the defensive side of the ball joining defensive lineman Chase Rome and linebackers Caleb Lavey and Stephen Maeweather.

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