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February 6, 2014

No surprises on signing day for Oklahoma State

Woodward, Okla. — By Jason Elmquist

CNHI News Service

STILLWATER — There were no big surprises for Oklahoma State on National Signing Day.

With no significant last-second switches — either to or from the OSU program — coach Mike Gundy and his coaching staff landed the 11th-ranked recruiting class, according to Scout.com. While a similar recruiting site, Rivals.com, slid the OSU haul to 27th-best in the country.

“I think that this is a terrific recruiting class,” Gundy said in a release from Oklahoma State. “... It takes a group effort, and it gets better and better at Oklahoma State. We have a tremendous product to sell. We have beautiful facilities. We’re a winning program.”

Quarterback Mason Rudolph, a four-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C., is already on campus and will likely get a chance to compete for the starting quarterback role with the graduation of starter Clint Chelf.

“Mason’s very familiar with that offense and feels real comfortable throwing the ball down the field and gets it out really well,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said in a release ftom OSU. “He spins the ball tremendously. On top of all the physical skills that Mason has, he is a tremendous leader as well.”

To complement the incoming quarterback, Oklahoma State signed four-star wide receiver Keenen Brown from Houston. Brown, listed at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, is ranked as the 28th-best receiver prospect by Rivals.com.

Also joining Brown in the OSU offense is a highly sought after athlete. Considered by Scout.com as a five-star recruit from the junior college rankings, Tyreek Hill from Garden City (Kan.) Community College. Hill is listed as a receiver/athlete by Oklahoma State.

“Tyreek has tremendous explosion and he’s very fast. ... He’s a guy that we have to get the ball to and he’s a guy that we’re really excited about,” Yurcich said. “He came in midyear and will really be ready to go with spring ball, so we’ll know what he has there. He’s very dynamic and could play a couple different spots for us.”

Broken Arrow’s Devon Thomas, considered the sixth-best recruit in the state of Oklahoma, enrolled at Oklahoma State for the spring semester. Joining him from Broken Arrow will be four-star linebacker Gyasi Akem. Akem is considered the No. 5-ranked recruit in Oklahoma by Rivals.com, which has him ranked as the ninth best at his position.

Thomas and Akem are two of four Oklahoma signees for the Cowboys in this recruiting class. Also from Oklahoma is three-star safety Dylan Harding from Jenks and four-star defensive end Jordan Brailford from Booker T. Washington in Tulsa.

Others who signed Wednesday included:

• Linebacker D’Nerius Antoine, Trinity Valley CC

• Linebacker Devante Averette, Ellsworth CC

• Defensive end Trey Carter, Dallas

• Tight end Jordan Frazier, Springfield, Mo.

• Lem Galeao, Euless Trinity

• Defensive back Chris Hardeman, Houston

• Receiver Chris Lacy, DeSoto, Texas

• Linebacker Josh Mabin, Houston

• Offensive lineman Matthew Mucha, Seabrook, Texas

• Defensive back Juwan Offray, New Orelans

• Defensive end Jarrell Owens, Palestine, Texas

• Running back Sione Palelei, Gonzales, La.

• Linebacker Justin Phillips, Pearland, Texas

• Athlete Ramon Richards, San Antonio

• Athlete Tre Roberts, Houston

• Punter Zachary Sinor, Castroville, Texas

• Defensive back Kirk Tucker, Tucker, Ga.

• Defensive end Cole Walterscheid, Muenster, Texas

• Receiver James Washington, Stamford, Texas

• Defensive tackle Joyan Williams, New Orleans

The Cowboys did get one unexpected letter of intent from Deionte Noel, an offensive lineman from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas. Noel was committed to Texas Tech but signed with OSU, according to reports. Noel, rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com while Rivals.com had him as a two-star recruit, was not listed on the official 27-player Cowboys class.

Oklahoma State missed out on a gem of a recruit. The Cowboys were one of four finalists for one of the country’s top linebacker recruits in Kenny Young from River Ridge, La. Young announced Wednesday that he had chosen UCLA over Texas Tech, LSU and Oklahoma State.

Gundy did not meet with the media during Wednesday’s National Signing Day festivities as he has in past years. Instead, he was scheduled to have a press conference Thursday morning at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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