Stephen Maeweather: HIs Coach's Take interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with head coach Devin Heasley about Stephen Maeweather, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker from Sharpstown High School in Houston.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Devin Heasley: His overall ability of leadership. His athletic ability standing aside, his leadership is incredible. He understands offenses, he understands defenses, he understands the entire game, and he brings that to the table every time.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Devin Heasley: Anytime a student-athlete goes away I think it's a challenge in itself, but I don't really see him having too much difficulty. He's should be OK academically, he gets along with others very well, he respects coaches and authority figures. I don't see him having too much of a problem.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Devin Heasley: Yeah, I think it was against Reagan High School. The running back was going to run a sweep and Stephen was coming off the edge, and before that running back took about five steps he was already in the backfield making the tackle. It was like he kicked it into a higher gear, and that one play stands out from the entire year. He's done some fabulous things, and as simple as that play was it just shows the kind of athletic ability that young man really has.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Devin Heasley: Leadership. Dedication. Sportsmanship. He exemplifies all three of those. He's top notch.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Devin Heasley: He had quite a few offers and the coaching staff (at Oklahoma State) did an outstanding job of recruiting him and following him this year. I think that made a great impression on him.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Devin Heasley: Personally, I think the kid can come in and start right now but it all depends upon what they are looking for and what their time frame is.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Devin Heasley: First, he's going to get his education. Number two, I totally expect to see that kid on Sunday afternoons (playing in the NFL). He's a pretty special young man.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Devin Heasley: You know what, I had this conversation just the other day with him. It's his overall character. He is one of the generally nicest kids you've ever met. When he puts that helmet on he plays to his fullest, as soon as he takes that helmet off he goes back to being that true kid. That's what I'm going to remember about him.

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