Jan. 13, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. -
The Oklahoma State football team welcomed four new athletes today on the first day of the spring semester.
Now attending class at OSU after graduating from high school in December are quarterback Mason Rudolph and running back Devon Thomas. The prep stars join OSU's recently announced junior college signees, athlete Tyreek Hill and linebacker Devante Averette, as early enrollees. They will train with the team this semester and participate in spring practice.
Rudolph, out of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., just finished his senior season with a 62-35 victory over Stratford in the South Carolina Class 4A Division II Championship Game. In that contest he completed 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception. That capped a season where he completed 350 passes on 482 attempts for a 72.6 completion percentage. He totaled 4,377 passing yards with 64 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He also ran for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns. The 6-4, 220-pound quarterback was a finalist for the “Mr. Football” award in South Carolina and was named Most Valuable Player of the oldest high school all-star game in the nation, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the nation for the 2014 class.
Thomas is an Oklahoma native out of Broken Arrow High School. The 5-11, 210-pound running back has rushed for more than 1,500 yards over the past two seasons, scoring 15 touchdowns on the ground and averaging more than five yards per carry. He is considered by many as the best running back in the state and ranked as the No. 19 running back in the country by Scout.com.
Hill is a 5-9, 185-pound athlete out of Garden City CC in Garden City, Kan. The Pearson, Ga., native is a highly-rated junior college prospect known for his speed, strength and explosiveness. He projects as a receiver/athlete at Oklahoma State and has a listed time of 4.3 in the 40 yard dash. 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.
Averette is a 6-0, 230-pound linebacker from out of Ellsworth CC in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Originally from Melvindale, Mich., he is an athletic linebacker prospect who has a listed time of 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He was a first-team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association. 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.