Desmond Roland Gives Cowboys A Call

Desmond Roland is in Houston having a last go at playing AAU basketball with his old team and buddies but he took a break to call Go Pokes to confirm that he called Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy late Thursday morning and committed to Oklahoma State over Arkansas and TCU, who he said were his last two schools other than the Cowboys.

Roland, a 6-2, 204-pound running back from Dallas (Lake Highlands) that has receivers skills, had offers from the likes of Arizona, Baylor, Mississippi, Nebraska, Purdue, North Carolina, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech in addition to his final trio he decided from.

"I committed to Oklahoma State," he said Thursday afternoon from Houston. "Coach Robert Gillespie was the coach recruiting me and I told him, and I called Coach (Mike) Gundy this morning.

"I chose OSU over Arkansas and TCU. It was my second visit that helped (when he made the trip to Stillwater with fellow OSU commitment and close friend Lyndell Johnson of Plano East) make up my mind. It was close and and the Cowboys were at the top of my list, but that made me 100 percent sure.

"It was the coaches and they promised that they would not leave the four years that I am there. I like where they have the program, they are winning and there are a lot of top names in this recruiting class and I wanted to be a part of that," said Roland.

Roland said his old AAU basketball coach invited him to come play in this tournament in Houston for old times sake. He played basketball up to his sophomore year but dropped AAU basketball to concentrate on getting ready for football season.

"I'm just playing a little bit. I'm doing more watching than playing," said Roland. "Lyndell (Johnson) is here."

We asked about his reaction because Lyndell had been recruiting Roland as hard as the OSU coaches. "Oh yeah, he is real excited," added Roland.

Last season Roland, a second team All-Super selection in Texas Football Magazine, had 27 receptions for 504 yards and six touchdowns to go with 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. That is why we list Roland as a wide receiver/running back and why the Oklahoma State coaches have told him this.

"Coach Gillespie has said in that new offense that came in with the new coach from Houston that I will play inside (slot) receiver and catch balls there and sometimes run the ball," said Roland. "They will also put me back in the backfield some with Herschel Sims, you know back there together. The offense is a lot like what we run at Lake Highlands."

Roland told us he is going to finish up this week having fun playing basketball and then he is strictly working toward Aug. 9 when Lake Highlands starts football practice.

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