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Cowboys sign 23 players


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Updated: 2/06/2013 4:14 pm Published: 2/06/2013 4:08 pm


STILLWATER, Okla. – Head football coach Mike Gundy has announced that 23 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football at Oklahoma State.

The newest group of Cowboys includes three junior college players, two of whom are already enrolled and attending school at Oklahoma State. The class is represented by six states, and headlined by 17 Texans. Ten of the signees have been designated as “four-star” talents by at least one of the major recruiting services and five future Cowboys are members of the 2013 Texas all-state team.

“This class is part of the bright future that we have here at Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “It’s a class that is basically split evenly between the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, with an excellent prospect at kicker.

“There are members of this group that have an opportunity to contribute early based on what they’ve done in high school or junior college.”

OSU added plenty of help in the offensive and defensive lines, as well as the secondary. Eleven members of the class are designated as linemen (six on defense and five on offense) and six will be in the secondary, including three cornerbacks and three safeties.

OSU also added to its always impressive skill set with two running backs and two highly rated receivers. The Cowboys inked one of America’s top kickers in Ben Grogan of Arlington, Texas.

The most decorated position group is receiver with the inking of two “four-star” recruits from Texas in Marcell Ateman and Ra’Shaad Samples.

The Cowboys signed what is considered the top player in Kansas in Jerel Morrow of Emporia, and one of the nation’s top junior college players in defensive end Sam Wren.

Noting The Class
• Defensive back Darius Curry is the younger brother of OSU freshman receiver C.J. Curry.

• Speaking of brothers, Dawson Bassett of Tuttle is the younger brother of 2012 Cowboy senior Cooper Bassett.

• Darius Curry and Naim Mustafaa are the latest Georgians to sign with OSU. Oklahoma State has signed 14 players from Georgia since 2006.

• OSU has two 2013 signees from L.D. Bell High School Hurst, Texas, in offensive lineman Jesse Robinson and defensive lineman Vili Leveni.

• OSU’s three junior college players are all linemen, including defensive tackle Ofa Hautau, defensive end Sam Wren, and offensive lineman Brandon Garrett.

• OSU’s two running back signees Corion Webster of Atlanta, Texas, and Rennie Childs of Houston combined for 3,731 rushing yards during their senior years.

• Ra’Shaad Samples is the son of Dallas Skyline head coach Reginald Samples.

Marcell Ateman   WR   6-4   190   Dallas, TX / Wylie East
Dawson Bassett   ATH   6-4   215   Tuttle, OK / Tuttle
Rennie Childs   RB   5-10   180   Houston, TX / Cypress Ridge
Zachary Crabtree   OL   6-7   270   Mansfield, TX / Mansfield
Darius Curry   CB   6-1   190   Flowery Branch, GA / Flowery Branch
Tre Flowers   DB   6-3   180   Converse, TX / Judson
Brandon Garrett*   OL   6-6   285   Deer Park, TX / Deer Park / Trinity Valley CC
Ben Grogan   K   6-1   175   Arlington, TX / Martin
Ofa Hautau   DT   6-2   290   Salt Lake City, UT / East / Snow College
Ben Hughes   DT   6-3   305   Waco, TX / University
Jack Kurzu   OL   6-4   310   St. Louis, MO / Mary Institute Country Day School
Vili Leveni   DE   6-3   220   Hurst, TX / L.D. Bell
Taylor Lewis   CB   6-0   180   Dallas, TX / DeSoto
Jerel Morrow   CB   6-0   180   Emporia, KS / Emporia
Naim Mustafaa*   DE   6-4   235   College Park, GA / Alpharetta
Deric Robertson   S   6-2   195   Killeen, TX / Killeen
Jesse Robinson   OL   6-6   280   Bedford, TX / L.D. Bell
Jaxon Salinas   OL   6-4   290   Irving, TX / Irving
Ra'Shaad Samples   WR   5-11   170   Dallas, TX / Skyline
Jordan Sterns   S   6-1   195   Cibolo, TX / Steele
Vincent Taylor   DT   6-3   265   San Antonio, TX / James Madison
Corion Webster   RB   5-11   185   Atlanta, TX / Atlanta
Sam Wren*   DE   6-3   250   Palestine, TX / Palestine / Arizona Western CC

Story courtesy of OSU media relations.

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