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Head football coach Mike Gundy has announced that 27 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football at Oklahoma State.

The latest group of Cowboys includes three junior college players, two of which are already enrolled and attending school at Oklahoma State, and 24 high school players, three of which are already enrolled as well.

There are seven states represented in the class, with 14 players from Texas, four from Oklahoma, four from Louisiana, two from Georgia and one each from Missouri, South Carolina and Michigan. Ten of the signees have been designated as “four-star” talents by at least one of the major recruiting services and all received at least a “three-star” rating.

“I think that this is a terrific recruiting class,” Gundy said. “There's a number of people - our recruiting office, academics, strength and conditioning, equipment room, video, administration - there's a number of people that contributed to a terrific class.

“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. We've won 50 games in five years. Our players believe in themselves. We have a great team concept.”

There was an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball in the 2014 class, with 16 players slated for defense, 10 for offense and one as a punter. Of the 16 defensive signees, six are expected to play defensive back, five linebacker and five on the defensive line. The offensive signees include three receivers, two running backs, two linemen, a quarterback, a tight end and an athlete who is expected to play running back or receiver.

The most decorated position group is the defensive line, which includes three “four-star” prospects.

2014 Oklahoma State Football Signing Class:

Gyasi Akem

Linebacker | 6-1 | 210

Broken Arrow, OK/Broken Arrow

Pronounced JAH-cee AH-kem

In-state linebacker prospect with a big upside and a long list of offers … Has a lot of experience in coverage … Listed 40 time of 4.6 seconds … A four-star recruit byRivals.com and Scout.com … Rivals ranks him as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation.

High School: Coached by Steve Spavital at Broken Arrow … Finished his senior season with 67 tackles, including 46 solo stops, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, an interception, two fumble recoveries and one fumble return for a touchdown … As a junior he recorded 75 tackles, 44 solo stops, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery … The Oklahoman First team All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-State, Tulsa World Honorable Mention All-Metro, first team All-District 2-6A,Scout Top 300 Recruit … Also competed in track, qualifying for the 2013 State Meet … Active in FCA, student council and All Sports Leadership Conference … Held reported scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Clemson, Tennessee, Kansas State, TCU, Mississippi, Missouri, Baylor and Texas Tech, among others.

Personal: Gyasi Tabe Akem was born Nov. 9, 1995, in Tulsa, Okla. … Son of Ina Jones and Isaac Akem … Undecided on a major.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“What’s great about (Akem) is that he’s right here in Oklahoma and he’s one of the top linebackers in the state. He’s very versatile and plays outside. He could have the size to play multiple positions like inside linebacker or outside linebacker. I had him in camp; he is an explosive young man. He’s a humble kid and accomplished great things here in the state, we’re very fortunate to keep him in state.”

D'Nerius Antoine

Linebacker | 6-0 | 215

New Iberia, LA/Trinity Valley CC/Westgate

Pronounced AN-twahn

Junior college linebacker who played football and basketball for Trinity Valley CC … Listed 40 time of 4.45 seconds … Listed bench at 260 pounds and squat at 480 pounds.

Junior College: Coached by Brad Smiley at Trinity Valley … Recorded 69 tackles as a sophomore, including 56 solo stops and five tackles for loss … Also had two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight passes defended … First team NJCAA All-American, first team All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference … Also played basketball for Trinity Valley … Held offers from Southern Miss, Troy and South Alabama.

High School: Coached by Brian Fine at Westgate High School … Played multiple positions in high school, recording 402 rushing yards with six touchdowns, 308 passing yards with five touchdowns and 10 receptions for 177 yards and two scores as a senior … First team All-State, first team All-Acadiana, The Daily Iberian Best of the Teche Team and first team All-District 7-5A as a senior … Also played basketball.

Personal: D’Nerius Antoine was born March 7, 1993, in Lafayette, La. … Son of Sadie Bernard.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“D’Nerius is a junior college player out of Trinity Valley. What you see first when you see him on film is how quick he gets to the point of attack. He has collision speed, and probably more than any other junior college defensive back or outside linebacker I have seen all year. We’re excited about his athleticism. He returns punts and is very athletic. He’s possibly a star or nickel back or linebacker for us and we’re excited about D’Nerius.”

Devante Averette

Linebacker | 6-0 | 230

Melvindale, MI/Melvindale/Ellsworth CC

Pronounced deh-VAHN-tay av-er-ETT

Athletic junior college linebacker prospect with a listed time of 4.5 in the 40 yard dash.

Junior College: Attended Ellsworth CC in Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he was coached by Josh Lattimer ... A first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association ... Three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com ... Held a scholarship offer from West Virginia, among others ... As a sophomore in 2013, he led Ellsworth with 92 tackles and 29 tackles for a loss and was second on the team four sacks despite playing only seven of the team's 10 games ... He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, blocked a kick and broke up a pass ... As a freshman in 2012, Averette was second on the team with 96 tackles, 62 of which were solo and 18 of which were tackles for a loss ... Tallied 3.5 sacks (three solo) and one interception en route to earning second-team all-conference honors.

High School: Graduated from Melvindale HS in Melvindale, Mich. ... As a senior, he made 63 tackles (47 unassisted), had 12 sacks, six fumble recoveries and tackles for losses tallying 103 yards ... Earned all-state, all-conference and was a member of the Detroit Evening News Detroit Area Dream Team.

Personal: Devante Averette was born Dec. 30, 1992.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“Devante Averette is a mid-year transfer out of Ellsworth Community College. He is a package of dynamite and very quick off the ball. He has great blitzing instincts and is a very physical football player. He’s a very emotional football player. He has a passion and I always look for what’s inside a guy’s chest; and for this guy football means a lot to him so we’re looking for him to make an impact early.”

Jordan Brailford

Defensive End | 6-3 | 225

Tulsa, OK/Booker T. Washington

A quick defensive end prospect who added substantial size during his last year of high school … Listed 40 time of 4.55 seconds and vertical of 37.5 inches … A four-star recruit on Scout.com as the No. 57 defensive end nationally.

High School: Coached by Marvin Dantzler at Booker T. Washington … Finished his senior year with 105 tackles and nine sacks … Logged 98 tackles, 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one fumble return for a score as a junior … Senior honors included participant in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game, first team All-State honors from The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World … Tulsa World second team All-State and Oklahoma Honorable Mention All-State Team selection as a junior … Held offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Washington State, among others.

Personal: Jordan L. Brailford was born Oct. 9, 1995, in Tulsa, Okla. … Son of Robin Daniels and Nathaniel Brailford, Jr.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements:

“Jordan’s a local youngster from Booker T. Washington in Tulsa. We identified him about a year ago. We had the opportunity to have him in camp and he showed a lot of athleticism. I had the opportunity to watch him live this fall and he played at a very high level. He played in an all-star game - the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl - out in California and did a good job against some excellent competition. He’s a guy that we’re excited to have in our program and I think is going to grow and do very well with the defensive end position.”

Keenen Brown

Receiver | 6-3 | 205

Houston, TX/Alief Taylor

Big receiver with a listed 40 time of 4.5 seconds … A four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, who listed him as the No. 44 receiver in the country … Held offers from Oklahoma, Oregon, Florida, LSU, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Michigan State, Mississippi, Missouri and West Virginia, among others.

High School: Coached by J.D. Jordan at Alief Taylor High School … Led Alief Taylor to an 8-4 record his senior year, catching 55 passes for 940 yards and nine touchdowns … Had 45 catches for 729 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior … had 35 grabs for 420 yards and seven scores as a sophomore … Also played forward on his high school basketball team … First team All-District 18-5A as a junior and senior … A top 30 recruit in Texas according to the Waco Tribune … Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits and Top 30 Wide Receiver and Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region 2 as a senior.

Personal: Keenen Brown was born Dec. 22, 1995, in Baton Rouge, La. …Son of Kendra Rodgers and Kenneth Brown … Plans to major in Business.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Keenan is a big, physical receiver but he also has speed, so it’s the best of both worlds. He’s a tremendous leader and very physical. He can go up and get the ball and take it away from a defender when it’s just a straight jump ball-type of situation. He also can separate with his speed as well. He has toughness going over the middle and we’re really excited about Keenen and what he brings.”

Trey Carter

Defensive End | 6-4 | 250

Dallas, TX/ L.G. Pinkston

Strong defensive line prospect with a long list of offers … Listed bench of 385 pounds and squat of 675 pounds … A four-star recruit on Scout.com and the No. 33 defensive end nationally … Held offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona State, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, TCU and Mississippi State, among others.

High School: Coached by Gerald Jones at L.G. Pinkston … Finished his senior year with 89 tackles, including 53 solo stops, 30 tackles for loss and 15 sacks … Had 45 tackles and five sacks as a junior at Green Oaks Magnet High School in Shreveport, La. … First team All-District 11-4A and Waco Tribune Top 50 Texas Recruit as a senior.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements:

“Trey is a young man that moved from Louisiana to Dallas so he’s a little bit unknown. He came to our camp this summer and did very well. There was definitely some interest on our part once he came to our campus. Watching his senior film, he played at an exceptionally high level and had strength to him. We project him to be a very big kid. He’s a guy that’s going to come in and start out as a defensive end and very easily move inside once he gets into Coach Glass’s program and puts on some mass. We’re excited about him and think that he has a high ceiling to him.”

Jordan Frazier

Tight End | 6-6 | 247

Springfield, MO/Lighthouse Christian Academy

A big tight end with a chance to make a quick impact … Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and 247Sports … Ranked the No. 23 player in Missouri by 247Sports and No. 26 by ESPN.com.

High School: Coached by Dave Stales at Lighthouse Christian … Had 50 catches and 10 touchdowns at Lighthouse Christian, which finished 11-2 his senior year … Led Lighthouse to National Homeschool Football Association National Championship in 2013 … Led team in receptions all four years and led the team in tackles as a senior … Team captain … Four-year letterwinner in football and track, two-year letterwinner in basketball … Received honor roll recognition in each year of high school … Part of the science and math club, Science Olympiad and Service Society … Held offers from Tennessee, Illinois and Indiana, among others.

Personal: Jordan Frazier was born April 25, 1995, in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Scott and Kala Frazier ... Has four brothers and one sister ... Plans to major in Biology (Pre-med).

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Jordan Frazier comes out of Lighthouse Christian Academy and Jordan is a matchup nightmare for most defenses. He’s a guy that can line up as a patch tight end and he can also flex out so we can split him out in the slot. He can be the third receiver in trip formation. He can go all the way out and be the number one receiver on the edge as well and cause matchup nightmares for a corner too. He’s a big body and he has a lot of room to grow. He’s got a great frame on him and he’s a prototype tight end that can really stretch the field vertically. We’re really happy about Jordan and all he brings to the table.”

Lem Galeai

Offensive Line | 6-5 | 330

Euless, TX/Trinity

Pronounced naw-LAY-EYE

Impressive offensive lineman with great size and strength … Three-star recruit by Scout.com, which ranks him No. 44 at his position.

High School: Coached by Steve Linewaver at Trinity … Played guard and anchored a dominant line that helped Trinity establish a powerful running game and finish 11-3 his senior year … Finished his last season with 79 knockdown blocks and an overall grade of 91 percent, only allowing two sacks … Two-time first team All-District 6-5A … Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention All-State and a Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas recruit … Also offered by Baylor, BYU and Utah State.

Personal: Lemaefe Galeai Jr. was born Sept. 7, 1995, in Bedford, Texas … Son of Lemaefe and Tania Galeai.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Junior has a big body, is strong, physical and comes from a great family. We’re really excited about him and what he can bring to us, not only from a depth perspective, but he’s got a very high ceiling and he’s one of those guys that you can project playing at the next level. He’s a guy that’s going to be an immediate improvement up front for us at the offensive line.”

Chris Hardeman

Defensive Back | 5-9 | 178

Houston, TX/Alief Taylor

Pronounced HARD-eh-muhn

An athletic cornerback with a listed 40 time of 4.5 seconds … Other marks include a 240-pound bench, 430-pound squat and 36-inch vertical … A four-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 32 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com … Offer list included Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Nebraska and UCLA, among several other high-level programs.

High School: Coached by Cedric Hardeman and J.D. Jordan at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas … Pre-season All-State selection as a junior and senior … Three-time Academic All-District selection … Four-year letterman in track … Participant in Semper Fidelis All-American Game … All-district as a senior, Texas Football Magazine second team All-Super Team, top 300 Texas recruit and top 30 Texas Defensive Backs … Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit … Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region II … As a junior, named Return Specialist of the Year District 18-5A, first team All-District 18-5A as a defensive back and returner and Texas Sports Writers Association second team All-State.

Personal: Christopher Te’andre Hardeman was born March 14, 1996, in Houston, Texas … Son of Kimberley Golden and Cedric Hardeman … Grandson of Don Hardeman, a former running back for the Houston Oilers and the Baltimore Colts … Plans to major in broadcast journalism.

Corners coach Van Malone:

“Chris is a guy that we’re excited to have. He was committed to another school. We maintained a relationship with him, and at the end of the day that relationship ended up proving true. He’s a guy who is going to play corner for us, but he’s also a guy who has great return ability – he runs track. If I had to compare him to somebody we just had in the program, it’d be Brodrick Brown. He’s a superb student so we’re excited to have Chris.”

Dylan Harding

Defensive Back | 6-2 | 190

Jenks, OK/Jenks

Fast safety prospect with a listed 40 time of 4.35 seconds … Also an excellent baseball player.

High School: Coached by Allan Trimble at Jenks High School … Senior stats included 59 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … Also played as a receiver and had 21 catches for 563 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … First team All-State by The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World … Tulsa World first team All-Metro and first team All-District 2-6A … Rated as a three-star recruit on Scout.com and ranked as the No. 60 safety nationally … Also an excellent baseball player with MLB Draft-level talent … Held offers from Arizona State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Washington State, among others.

Personal: Dylan Cordell Harding was born Aug. 23, 1995, in Sapulpa, Okla. … Son of R.J. and Dani Harding … Plans to major in engineering.

Safeties Coach Tim Duffie:

“One thing that sticks out about Dylan is the storied program of Jenks. Back-to-back state champions and he obviously played a big part in the team’s success. I think he’s an All-State player this year and Tulsa World All-Metro First-Team. He’s just a tremendous kid—very versatile. He’s been a baseball player his whole career. He’s excited to be at Oklahoma State. He’s a tremendous student and a big-time team player. We’re very excited to have Dylan Harding be a part of our football team.”

Tyreek Hill

Athlete | 5-9 | 185

Pearson, GA/Coffee/Garden City CC

Pronounced tye-REEK

A highly-rated junior college prospect known for his speed, strength and explosiveness ... Projects as a receiver/athlete at Oklahoma State ... Listed time of 4.3 in the 40 yard dash.

Junior College: Attended Garden City CC in Garden City, Kan., where he was coached by Matt Miller ... A five-star recruit by Scout.com and a four-star recruit byRivals.com and 247sports.com ... Had reported offers from Alabama, Florida State, USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska and Arkansas, among numerous other high-level programs ... As a sophomore in 2013, Hill made 32 catches for 532 yards with six touchdowns and he carried the ball 101 times for 659 yards and five touchdowns.

High School: Attended Coffee HS in Douglas, Ga., where he was coached by Ken Eldridge ... A standout on the track who ran the 200 meters in 20.14 seconds - the second-fastest high school mark of all time - and ran the 100 meters in 10.19 to match the fastest time in the country his senior year ... To put his 200 meter time of 20.14 into perspective, it would have been the fastest time in the nation among collegians in 2013 and would have placed him sixth at the 2012 London Olympics ... Won state titles in the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the long jump his senior year ... The Atlanta Track Club named him the Georgia Athlete of the Year.

Personal: Tyreek Hill was born March 1, 1994.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Tyreek has tremendous explosion and he’s very fast. I think his 200-meter time was a 20.14. He’s a guy that we have to get the ball to and he’s a guy that we’re really excited about. He came in mid-year 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. He’s a space player and he’s the kind of guy that has tremendous speed and it’s hard to coach that for sure.”

Chris Lacy

Receiver | 6-3 | 191

DeSoto, TX/DeSoto

A smart receiver prospect with good size and quickness … Listed 40 time of 4.55 seconds … Ranked as the No. 84 receiver nationally by Scout.com

High School: Coached by Claude Mathis … Finished his senior year at DeSoto with 60 catches for 1,206 yards and 16 touchdowns, leading DeSoto to a 14-1 record and a semifinal appearance in the state playoffs … Named DeSoto Offensive Team MVP as a senior … Tallied 29 catches for 339 and three scores as a junior …Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention All-State Team, first team All-District 7-5A, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits and Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Wide Receivers as a senior … Also ran track … Graduated third in his class and received the SOAR Award each year of his high school career for recording at least a 95 average in all classes … Member of the Math Honor Society and National Honor Society … Held offers from Arizona State, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Northwestern, among others.

Personal: Chris Lacy was born Jan. 28, 1996, in Fort Worth, Texas … Son of Chris and Karen Lacy … Plans to major in industrial engineering and management.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Chris is a very strong receiver and a very well-rounded receiver. He can go across the middle. He’s a vertical deep threat as well and I think he had 60 catches this year. He’s a tough, physical receiver. Chris has a very bright future in what we do. Our system here fits Chris’s skill set very much so I think it will be a great match and he’s going to have a promising future at Oklahoma State.”

Josh Mabin

Linebacker | 6-2 | 227

Houston, TX/Klein Oak

Pronounced MAY-bin

Physically imposing linebacker prospect with a big upside … Listed 40 time of 4.5 seconds … Four-star recruit by ESPN.com … Ranked as the No. 21 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.

High School: Coached by David Smith at Klein Oak High School … Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit … Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruit and top 30 linebacker … Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region II … An all-district selection … Also received offers from Oklahoma, Baylor, Mississippi State, Boise State and Iowa, among others.

Personal: Joshua Alan Mabin was born Oct. 18, 1995, in Houston, Texas … Son of Clayton and Tammy Mabin … Active member of FCA … Plans to study industrial distribution.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“Josh came from a very successful high school program with good high school coaches. I offered Josh a long time ago. He was probably one of the three or four young men that we identified after their sophomore year as being an offer-worthy kid. It was a battle with him. A lot of schools wanted him down there. He is an inside linebacker who is very intense. He’ll strike you. He has what I call collision speed. I think he has great instincts for a linebacker. Also, he plays with good pad level in a position where we needed some quick help. We’re losing some good players and he’s going to be in that group that will be competing for the next few years.”

Matthew Mucha

Offensive Line | 6-6 | 255

Seabrook, TX/Clear Lake

Pronounced MOO-ha

A big offensive lineman who played tackle in high school … A three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 99 prospect in the state of Texas ... A three-star prospect onScout.com and ranked No. 112 at his position.

High School: Coached by Sam Smith Jr. at Clear Lake … Played tackle in high school … Two-time All-District 24-5A Selection … Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit … Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region III … Also competed in track … Held offers from Texas Tech, Arkansas State, Memphis and UCF.

Personal: Matthew Mucha was born March 4, 1996, in Houston, Texas … Son of John and Adrienne Mucha … Plans to major in engineering.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“Matthew Mucha is a big frame guy from Houston out of Clear Lake High School. He possesses the ability to play tackle and to be the quarterback’s backside protector. He is very well-rounded and he can run block you or drive block you. At 6’6” to be able to drive block you and come off the ball and have that low pad level, that’s something you don’t see from every kid coming out of high school. He’s been very well-coached and we’re excited for what Matt can bring as well.”

Juwan Offray

Defensive Back | 5-11 | 180

New Orleans, LA/Edna Karr

Pronounced juh-WAHN OH-fray

Hard-working defensive back with a listed 40 time of 4.5 seconds … Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and ranked as the No. 31 prospect in Louisiana.

High School: Coached by Jarrett Jones at Edna Karr High School … Offense-Defense All-American Game Participant … All State selection and first team All-District 9-4A … Also competed in baseball and track … Held offers from Nebraska and South Alabama.

Personal: Juwan Offray was born May 24, 1996, in New Orleans, La. … Son of Cantrese Wilson and Allen Jones … Plans to study communications.

Corners coach Van Malone on Juwan Offray:

“Juwan Offray hails from New Orleans. What we’ve tried to do in the last couple of recruiting classes is make inroads into New Orleans. He comes from a fine Edna Karr football team that has done a great job over the years of playing in the playoffs and winning championships. We’re excited about him. He’s also a dual-sport athlete. He plays baseball. He is going to play corner for us, but then will also provide - especially early in his career - big-time depth on special teams.”

Jarrell Owens

Defensive End | 6-3 | 240

Palestine, TX /Palestine

Pronounced juh-RELL

An athletic defensive end prospect who played running back in high school and committed to the Cowboys late in the process … Listed 40 time of 4.66 seconds … A four-star recruit on Scout.com and the No. 37 defensive end prospect in the nation.

High School: Coached by Lance Angel … Played primarily at running back, finishing his senior year with 81 carries for 678 yards and six touchdowns and 14 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns … Also tallied 23 tackles, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles … Honorable Mention All-East Texas, First Team All-District 19-3A and Waco Tribune Top 50 Texas Recruit as a senior … Second Team All-District 19-3A as a junior … Was a TCU commit before switching to OSU … Played basketball, averaging nine points and five rebounds per game … Also offered by Texas Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State and recruited by Baylor, Iowa and Oklahoma.

Sione Palelei

Running Back | 5-10 | 196

Gonzales, LA/East Ascension

Pronounced see-OWN-ay PAH-lay-lay

Explosive playmaker with an impressive highlight reel … Listed 40 time of 4.35 seconds … Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com.

High School: Coached by Paul Bourgeois at East Ascension High School … Suffered a season-ending injury in the fifth game of his senior year after racking up 752 yards and 10 touchdowns on only 58 carries … Also had 10 catches for 257 yards and two scores … As a junior he totaled 111 carries for 828 yards and 13 touchdowns and 20 receptions for 283 yards and three touchdowns … First team All-District 5-5A as a junior … Also held offers from LSU, Tennessee, Arizona State, Arkansas, BYU and Georgia Tech, among others.

Running backs coach Jemal Singleton:

“Sione Palelei is affectionately known as ‘Boo.’ That’s his nickname. We’re excited for him, a young man that was previously committed to LSU and decided that Oklahoma State felt like home to him. He is a player with speed, quickness and hands. We’re really excited that he’s going to come join us here in June and he’s going to really do some great things.”

Justin Phillips

Linebacker | 6-0 | 215

Pearland, TX/Pearland

Strong linebacker prospect … Listed with a 4.59-second 40 time, 300-pound bench mark and 35-inch vertical leap.

High School: Coached by Tony Heath at Pearland High School … Finished his senior year with 86 tackles, including 61 unassisted, 11 tackles for loss and two sacks … Also snagged two interceptions, two fumbles recovered and a forced fumble … Had a forced fumble and 88-yard return for a score in the Texas 5A State Championship Game … Long list of honors as a senior included the Houston Chronicle Defensive Player of the Year, Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention Class 5A All-State Team, first team All-Greater Houston, Defensive Player of the Year in District 22-5A, first team All-District 22-5A, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Texas Recruits and Top 30 Texas Linebackers, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, and Texas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 5A Region III … First team selection on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2013 All-Texas High School Team … Also participated in track and basketball … Held scholarship offers from Baylor, Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State and Northwestern.

Personal: Justin Phillips was born Oct. 10, 1995, in Houston, Texas … Son of Jeff and Donna Phillips … Undecided on a major.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“Justin was another young man that we identified early out of Pearland, Texas. His team just played for the state championship this past year. We can’t wait to get him here this summer. We had him in camp down in Texas a couple years ago and I loved the way he competed, loved the way he looked on grass moving around in cover skills and then when I followed that up with seeing a couple of games his junior year, I was sold on him. We got on Justin really early and thankfully so because a lot of other schools tried to come in late on him and tried to get in on him. That’s just an example of us going down there and doing our homework early in Texas and I think finding a young man early that is going to contribute around here for a number of years.”

Ramon Richards

Athlete | 6-0 | 180

San Antonio, TX /G.W. Brackenridge

Pronounced ruh-MOAN

Versatile athlete who has excelled at many positions … Listed 40 time of 4.5 seconds.

High School: Coached by Willie Hall at Brackenridge High School … Played several positions as a senior, going 99-of-186 passing for 1,630 yards with 13 touchdowns and carrying 115 times for 642 yards and 13 touchdowns … Named to the Texas High School Football All-Elite Team for Class 4A Region IV … First team All-Area Quarterback …First team All-District in basketball and a state qualifier in the 4 x 400-meter relay … First team All-District 28-4A as a junior … Held offers from Harvard, Yale, Rice, Houston and Sam Houston State.

Personal: Ramon Richards was born Nov. 29, 1995, in Los Angeles, Calif. … Son of Ruth Murray and Ramon Richards.

Corners coach Van Malone:

“Ramon is an athlete who comes to us because he played quarterback, but played just a little bit of defensive back in his high school career. What he has is great ability with the ball in his hands, just like what we used to watch with Justin Gilbert, so that excites us. He’s going to be a work in progress learning the defensive back side of the game. He can also play safety, as we watched him in his high school video. He has tremendous speed, is really good with the ball in his hands and is going to be able to help us in special teams. He’ll start out at corner, but has the ability to play at both positions.”

Tre Roberts

Athlete | 6-2 | 202

Houston, TX/Eisenhower

An athletic prospect who played all over the field in high school … Projects as a defensive back, possibly a safety … Listed 40 time of 4.48 seconds.

High School: Coached by Dre’ Thompson at Eisenhower High School … Played several positions during his senior year …. Senior stats included completing 14-of-36 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown, 41 carries for 234 yards and three touchdowns and 18 receptions for 434 yards and five touchdowns … Honored as a Top 300 Texas Recruit and a Top 30 Quarterback by Texas Football Magazine his senior year … Was a member of the Eisenhower track team … Also held offers from TCU, Utah and SMU.

Personal: Trevion Deray Roberts was born Dec. 7, 1995 in Houston, Texas … Son of Twila Williams and Terrick Roberts … Plans to major in computer engineering … Relative of Kenny Guiton, who played quarterback at Ohio State.

Corners coach Van Malone:

“Tre’s a kid who played quarterback in high school with very minimal defensive back play on high school video. But he has good size for the position and good speed. I think he ran a 10.5 in the 100 meters at some point in his career. He is a kid that we think will start out at safety for us. He comes from Houston, and his team—over the years— has performed and been in the playoffs and won championships. So we’re excited to have Tre.”

Mason Rudolph

Quarterback | 6-4 | 217

Rock Hill, SC/ Northwestern HS

A quarterback prospect great size and a big arm … Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the nation for the 2014 class.

High School: Coached by Kyle Richardson at Northwestern High School … Led Northwestern to a 62-35 victory over Stratford in the South Carolina Class 4A Division II Championship Game, completing 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception … Finished his senior season with 350 completions on 482 attempts for a 72.6 completion percentage … Totaled 4,377 passing yards with 64 touchdown passes and eight interceptions and also rushed for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns as a senior … Threw for 4,010 yards and 41 touchdowns as a junior … Finalist for the “Mr. Football” award in South Carolina … Named Most Valuable Player of the oldest high school all-star game in the nation, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … South Carolina Football Coaches Association First team Palmetto Champions All-State Team, Charlotte Observer All-Region Offensive Player of the Year, Charlotte Observer first team All-Region, Charlotte Observer Top 50 Carolina Regional Recruits (No. 4 in South Carolina), Rock Hill Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-Area as a senior … Rock Hill Herald All-Area Offensive Player of the Year, Rock Hill Herald first-team All-Area and Charlotte Observer first team All-Region as a junior … Held offers from LSU, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Personal: Mason Rudolph was born July 17, 1995 … Son of Brett and Jamie Rudolph.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“We feel great about Mason and were able to win a quarterback in him that really brings all of the characteristics you want to see in a quarterback; all of the intangibles. He’s got tremendous statistics to back that up. He was coached by Kyle Richardson over at Northwestern High School in South Carolina. The coach runs a very similar system to what we do here at Oklahoma State. Mason’s very familiar with that offense and feels real comfortable throwing the ball down the field and gets it out really well. He spins the ball tremendously. On top of all the physical skills that Mason has he is a tremendous leader as well.”

Zach Sinor

Punter | 5-11 | 190

Castroville, TX/Medina Valley

Pronounced SIGH-ner

Punter prospect who was perhaps the best in the state of Texas his senior year.

High School: Coached by Steve Hale at Medina Valley … Averaged 43.5 yards on 42 punts as a senior, with 16 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and a long punt of 66 yards … Averaged more than 40 yards per punt over his career … First team selection on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2013 All-Texas High School Team …Associated Press Sports Editors First team Class 4A All-State Team, San Antonio Express News First team Sub 5A All-Area Team, first team All-District 29-4A andTexas High School Football All-Elite Team Class 4A Region IV as a senior … . Three-time All-District 29-4A selection … Given the Academic All-Excellence Award in every year of his high school career … Active in National Honor Society, student council, FCA and FFA … Also recruited by Texas A&M, Iowa State and Tulsa.

Personal: Zachary Joe Sinor was born July 13, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas … Son of Wes and Valerie Sinor … Plans to major in sports management or finance.

Running backs coach Jemal Singleton:

“We’ve got a great punter in Zach Sinor from Medina Valley in San Antonio. I’m excited for him. He has an amazing skill set of being able to down people, directionally kick, pooch punt and some of those things that we really need our punter to be able to do. It was exciting to see him both live and he also came to a camp during the summer and did some amazing things. We’re very lucky to have Zach Sinor as a Cowboy.”

Devon Thomas

Running Back | 5-11 | 210

Broken Arrow, OK/Broken Arrow

A quick back considered by many as the best running back in the state … Ranked as the No. 15 running back in the country by ESPN.com … Listed 40 time of 4.47 seconds and vertical of 33 inches … Held scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Clemson and West Virginia, among others.

High School: Coached by Steve Spavital at Broken Arrow … ESPN.com and Scout.com list him as a four-star recruit and a top 300 player nationally … ESPN.comranked him No. 204 overall and the No. 15 running back in the country … Rushed for more than 1,500 yards over his last two seasons, scoring 15 touchdowns on the ground and averaging more than five yards per carry … Senior stats included 181 carries for 917 yards and six touchdowns … Junior stats were 124 carries for 670 yards and nine scores … Sophomore stats were 201 carries for 1,840 yards and 22 touchdowns … Finished his career with 3,796 rushing yards … As a senior, was honorable mention All-State by The Oklahoman and Tulsa World as well as First team All-District 2-6A … Also ran track.

Personal: Devon Deshon Thomas was born Aug. 18, 1995, in Tulsa, Okla. … Son of Chiquita and Dameion Thomas … Cousin of Nick Griffin, who plays running back for Mississippi State and Daniel Sams, who plays quarterback at Kansas State … Plans to major in Business.

Running backs coach Jemal Singleton:

“I’m really excited to get Devon Thomas from Tulsa. He’s got a unique blend of size and speed. We’re extremely excited to have him from just up the road. He’s a hometown kid who’s going to get the chance to play in our backfield and do some great things for Oklahoma State.”

Kirk Tucker

Defensive Back | 6-2 | 190

Tucker, GA/Tucker

A defensive back prospect who committed late to the Cowboys … Listed 40 time of 4.55 seconds … Three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com … Held scholarship offers from Oregon, Ohio State, Stanford and Wisconsin, among others.

High School: Coached by Bryan Lamar at Tucker High School … Finished his senior year with 55 tackles, including 39 solo stops, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles … Had 60 tackles as a junior, along with 37 solo stops, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries … Honorable Mention Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Team, Atlanta Journal Constitution Preseason All-State Team and All-Area team as a senior … Went 40-4 in three years playing at Tucker, going 14-1 as a senior, 10-3 as a junior and 16-0 as a sophomore … Second team All-Region Team as a junior.

Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer:

“Kirk came to us pretty late. We knew about Kirk last year when he was an early commit to another school. Then, he came available for a couple of reasons and we jumped on him really fast. He’s a good student and great person. He kind of fits the mold of that star linebacker that we’ve had in the past with Andre Sexton and Shaun Lewis. He’s a safety/outside linebacker and the first thing that jumps out at you on film is his blitz skills and he’s a very aggressive player. He is a fine young man and we’re fortunate that we have some ties in Georgia and got a phone call to jump on him as fast as we could. A lot of schools jumped on him late after something fell through on another end. Kirk is one of those guys who was off the radar for a while, but when we had the chance to get him, we jumped right on him and it worked out well.”

Cole Walterscheid

Defensive End | 6-6 | 210

Muenster, TX/Muenster

Big defensive end who excelled at multiple sports … Listed 40 time of 4.72, bench of 250 lbs., squat of 400 lbs. and vertical of 37 inches.

High School: Coached by Brady Carney at Muenster … Finished his senior year with 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception that he returned for a touchdown … Also had 40 receptions for 976 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense … Associated Press Sports Editors Honorable Mention Class A All-State, Waco Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruit, and first team All-District 8-A Division II as a senior … Associated Press Sports Editors first team Class A All-State and first team All-District 8-A Division II as a junior … First team All-District 8-A, Division II as a sophomore … Also held offers from Boise State, North Texas, SMU, UTSA and UTEP … Averaged a double-double in basketball, earning All-State honors … Qualifying for the state meet in track and field … Ran the 100-meter dash in 11.6 seconds and holds a long jump of 22-00.5 inches … Also played baseball.

Personal: Cole Aaron Walterscheid was born Oct. 25, 1995, in Muenster, Texas … Son of Mel and April Walterscheid … Plans to major in business.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements:

“Cole’s a young guy that we identified late in the spring. We had a chance to visit with him during the summer. Cole’s a very tall, long and full-of-range football player. The thing with Cole is that he’s going to have to put on some weight to play at this level. The reason I like Cole is because of his competitiveness. He goes straight from football, takes a day off then goes into basketball, takes a day off then joins the baseball team and competes in track, takes a day off and then he’s in summer league. He’s a young guy that never stops. He’s competing all year round. We feel that once he focuses on just one sport he’s really going to blow up as far as his weight, mass and probably even improve his strength and speed. As a competitive youngster, I like guys who play in multiple sports year-round. I think that competition helps drive your football team.”

James Washington

Receiver | 6-0 | 193

Stamford, TX/Stamford

Big-play receiver who helped his team to a Texas State Championship … A three-star receiver on Scout.com ranked as the No. 76 receiver in the country … Listed 40 time at 4.4 seconds.

High School: Coached by Wayne Hutchinson at Stamford High School … Finished his senior year as a 2013 Class 1A state champion in Texas, racking up 73 catches for 1,331 yards and 24 touchdowns … Also played defense, recording 42 tackles and seven interceptions … First team selection on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football 2013 All-Texas High School Team … Also named the Class 1A Texas Player of the Year by the organization … Finished his junior year with 78 receptions for 1,172 yards and 22 scores to help lead Stamford to the state title, earning first team All-District and first team All-State honors … Also ran track and played basketball and was a member of Stamford student council … Held offers from Texas, TCU, Texas Tech and Texas State.

Personal: James Edward Washington Jr. was born April 2, 1996, in Abilene, Texas … Son of James and Chrysta Washington …Plans to major in mechanical engineering.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich:

“James won the state title out of Texas. I believe he had over 70 catches this year. What he brings to the table is great leaping ability. He is able to go up and he’s got a tremendous vertical jump. We’re really excited about James. He’s a very intelligent guy and has a very high GPA. What he brings from a skill set to an athletic standpoint is great but everyone should also know that he’s a great student as well and really gets us excited here.”

Joyan Williams

Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 265

New Orleans, LA/Edna Karr

Pronounced YAH-knee

Highly-recruited defensive tackle prospect with high potential … Listed 40 time of 4.84 seconds … Three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout.

High School: Coached by Nathaniel Jones at Edna Karr … A Louisiana All-State selection and an All-District pick as a senior … Also held reported offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Miami (Fla.), Georgia Tech and Mississippi State, among others.

Personal: Joyan Jair Williams was born Sept. 15, 1995, in New Orleans, La. … Son of Shawndreka Williams.

Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements:

“Joyan was really identified by our graduate assistant, Eric Henderson. We brought him up to camp and he performed at a very high level. He was a somewhat unknown for whatever reason. He was kind of an under-the-radar type player. I think his ceiling is exceptionally high. He’s probably never been through a conditioning program like we have here or had the type of support that we have here. With young guys like that, they haven’t been exposed to anything like that you just see their ceiling be extremely high for where they are at right now. We think he’s a young guy that has all the tools that are necessary to compete at this level and we’re just excited to get him as part of the program.”

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