Recruiting: Hedgepeth Picks Oklahoma State

Devin Hedgepeth, a standout athlete who projects as a cornerback in college, spent part of last week on the road scouting out his top four schools - Oklahoma State, TCU, Kansas State and Tulsa. He must have saw what he liked in Stillwater because on Tuesday night he informed the Cowboy coaching staff that he was the 18th commitment in OSU's Class of 2010.

The 6-foot, 190-pound speedy athlete from Derby, Kan., texted Derby High head football coach Brandon Clark about his decision Tuesday night, said Steve Shook, the school's athletic director.

Hedgepeth has played exclusively on defense the past two seasons at Derby, but will go both ways in 2009. "He's going to play a little bit of everything on offense, mainly wide receiver but also quarterback and running back," Clark said. "We've got to get the ball in his hands."

"He's too good of a player to be sitting on the sidelines," Shook said. "He's a great football player, a playmaker."

Hedgepeth participated in Oklahoma State's half-day camp in July, and impressed the Cowboy coaching staff enough to earn a scholarship offer.

He was a member of Derby's 10-2 team a year ago that made it to the state semifinals before losing to the eventual state champion. Hedgepeth and the group of seniors have been instrumental in a turnaround at Derby, which finished with an 0-9 record four years ago.

Hedgepeth had 86 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, five passes broken up, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick last season as a junior,

As talented as he is on the football field, both Shook and Clark say he's even more impressive off the field. He has yet to make a 'B' in high school and is on target to be the valedictorian of his class.

"He's just a great kid," said Shook, "but he's a humble kid, too. He comes from a great family. The people at Oklahoma State couldn't be asking to get a better athlete and citizen."

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