Recruiting: OSU Gets Thankgiving Day Commit

Davidell Collins of Bearden, Ark., visited Oklahoma State on an unofficial earlier thiis month and then received an offer from the Cowboys after Joe Wickline and Bill Young watched him help Bearden to a big playoff win. Collins sent a text message to's Robert Allen on Friday to inform us that he has made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys.

The 6-6, 254-pound offensive tackle/defensive end is an equally exciting prospect on both sides of the football. He runs well and is very athletic as he is also a basketball standout.

"I was talking it over with my family," Collins wrote in his text on Friday as he was preparing for a third-round (quarterfinal) playoff game against McCrory.

"It is an easy decision because it is a great school and I loved it when I was there and visited. They have a great football team. I feel in a couple of years I can be starting or contributing and helping them a lot."

We informed Collins that we will call him later this weekend for more information. We just have a policy of not speaking with prospects on the day of a playoff game or any contest. Collins and his teammates were scheduled to leave around 12:30 p.m. for their playoff game with McCrory.

Collins had offers from Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, and Arkansas State. He has also had recruiting interest from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas Tech.

Collins, who actually lives in Fordyce the home of former Cowboy standout Kevin Williams, talked last week about being determined to win the Class 3A state championship after losing by a point in the championship game his sophomore season and losing in the semifinals last season.

He did not know his stats this season but did report that he has returned an interception and a partially blocked kick for touchdowns this season. The interception he returned was 51 yards for a score.

He also has a running back teammate in Ricky Brown that joined him on the trip to Stillwater for the Texas Tech game. Brown rushed for 180-yards and five touchdowns on just nine carries in last week's playoff victory over Mineral Springs.

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