It was back in late April that Ornelas came through Stillwater on a hastily arranged visit as he was also on his way to check out Kansas. He didn't know at the time if Oklahoma State was even that interested in him.
"I called up and talked to Coach (Scott) Yielding and he said, 'Yes, we know all about you and we are very interested and we want you to come by.' That was important because Coach Yielding treated me great and we hadn't even really planned on coming up there," said Ornelas, who is a speedy 6-3, and right now 195 pound linebacker.
"The facilities and the campus were great and I talked to plenty of people and everybody I talked to was so great and everybody there is so enthusiastic about it."
Ornelas said he had not been listing Oklahoma State as his top choice because he was still trying to gauge their interest in him and he got all the info he needed last week a camp at Austin College, where OSU coaches were guest instructing.
"I went to that camp and I could tell they were showing a lot of interest in me and Coach Spencer was really interested," said Ornelas, who runs a 4.56 and is a big contributor to the Richland track program as well.
"I needed to know how much interest they had and after talking to them and they told me to call them back and that there was a scholarship offer and after I knew that, I committed. That was where I really wanted to go. I knew that."
Last season Ornelas made 76 tackles and had 12 passes defended from his outside linebacker position. He also blocked a punt and scooped it and scored on the play. In track he was part of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams. In football he plays at 215 pounds, but in track he looses the weight and now is looking to gain it back.
"The rest of the summer I am working out, seven-on-seven, and trying to gain that weight back," said Ornelas. "It is tough because I am so active and it is hot."
Speaking of hot, he was a hot recruit as he had offers from Arizona, Houston, Rice, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Iowa State along with five other schools, 14 scholarship offers in all. He said he had offers from the "old Big 12 North" except Missouri. That caused us to ask him if he followed all the realignment news last week.
"I did but it wasn't important," said Ornelas. "It didn't impact me because I wanted to just go and play football as a school I really liked. The conference didn't matter and they are all competitive."
Ornelas becomes commitment number 12 for the Cowboys in the 2011 recruiting class and the second linebacker commitment in the class.