Recruiting: Imade Looks To Make A Connection

Oklahoma State fans shouldn't panic and Rowlett, Texas safety Deion Imade isn't in a panic. But he said he is hoping that he can get in touch with Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach Jason Jones soon. Imade made a verbal commitment on the radio last week after being told by his coach that Oklahoma State was offering following an evaluation visit to Rowlett by Jason Jones of the Cowboys staff.

"The letter with the official scholarship offer came on Wednesday or Thursday," said Imade. "I have been trying to get ahold of Coach Jones since then. I'm going to commit to Oklahoma State. I'm going to try to call him tonight."

Jason Jones is actually off the road this week in the Cowboys recruiting evaluation effort and reportedly was with his wife today at the doctor. One OSU football staff member said Jones wife is expecting any time now. This will be their second child.

"Coach Jones told me about his wife and how they are just about to have a baby," said Imade. "I'll keep trying."

Imade said it is no big deal that he is committing to Oklahoma State without having visited the Cowboys. He seemed to know plenty about Oklahoma State when asked what he knew of the school and their football program.

The 6-0, 185-pound safety also said he got plenty of encouragement from teammates and his coaches at Rowlett. "The players here that had been recruited by them told me it was amazing," he said. "The facilities are brand new and first class. My coaches said it was awesome when they heard OKlahoma State had offered. They told me they thought I would be very happy there."

Jones has excellent speed and reports he runs a 4.4 in the forty. In track he runs the 100 meters and is an alternate on the 4X100 and the 4X200 relay team.

He earned postseason honors last season 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 ahold of the coach and make my official verbal commitment," confirmed Imade last week.

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.

His brother, Dexter Imade, rushed for 1,515 yards and 14 touchdowns 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. Dexter was named a Texas Scholar and Deion is also an outstanding student.

As for how they ended up on opposite sides of the ball, Deion explains that. "We would put my younger brother at all-time quarterback and then Dexter would play offense and I would play defense and tackle him all the time while we were growing up," said Imade.

Now Imade is just looking to reach Coach Jones and get his commitment squared away.

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