Recruiting: Dinkins Switches From TCU to OSU

Tyler, Texas has been good to Oklahoma State with Kendall Hunter and recently graduated tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Now another potential standout from the East Texas city has committed to the Cowboys in athlete/defensive back Chris Dinkins of Tyler (Lee), who told Go Pokes on Saturday that he has switched his commitment from TCU, where he pledged earlier this spring, to Oklahoma State.

"I did it this afternoon while I was there," said the 6-2, 205-pound Dinkins. "I told Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Joe) Wickline (recruiting coach)."

We asked Dinkins, who was committed to TCU and has been offered by other schools (Missouri and Kansas), how solid this commitment is to Oklahoma State.

"It is solid," he said. "They have a lot of good, new stuff. I got to see all the new facilities. The food (pizza) was good. The Academics Center has a lot of people there to help you. The new locker room is great."

Asked if he got to meet any Cowboys players, Dinkins said he did meet one. "I got to talk to Kendall Hunter from Tyler," he said. "I had never met him, but knew of him."

Dinkins is a quiet, yes sir, no sir kind of person. Asked about his parents doing a good job of raising him to be polite. "Yes sir, they did," he replied halfway laughing.

He is very business-like on the phone. The quick scouting report on Dinkins is he is an outstanding all-around athlete. He didn't play hoops last season but he is going to play basketball as a senior.

He runs the 4X100 and 4X200 meter relays along with the 200 meters and the long jump in track and field. He has that great combination of size, strength, and speed. He has better than a 300-pound max on the bench press and a 500-pound max on the squat. That 500 max came way back in the spring and he is probably pushed past that by now. He has excellent hands and despite being quiet, he is a natural leader on his team.

Dinkins primarily played safety last season, but will play both quarterback and wide receiver in addition to playing defense this season. Dinkins is very quick to point out that he likes the idea of playing both ways and really likes the opportunity of playing offense. He prefers to play wide receiver and he made that clear in an earlier interview. He is uncertain of his major. He has taken the ACT and has a 2.5 GPA.

He ran a 4.4 in the forty at a camp at Trinity Valley Junior College where the OSU coaches were guest instructing and that certainly caught some attention.

Dinkins becomes the 12th commitment in the 2010 recruiting class for the Cowboys.

Also, expected on the OSU campus Saturday where the trio of highly regarded wide receivers Darius White and Dominique Sanders, along with talented linebacker Rashod Favors, all from Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas. They were accompanied by their former teammate Nichalas Rockwell, who is enrolled and walking on at OSU this fall.

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