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|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|
Last Updated: 8:55AM CST - 2/6/13
Defensive Tackle | 6-2 | 290
Salt Lake City, Utah/East/Snow College
Very disruptive player on the interior of the defensive line at the junior college level ... His coach credited him as the primary reason for his team leading the nation in sacks.
Junior College: Coached by Tyler Hughes at Snow College in Utah ... Helped lead the Badgers to an 11-1 record, their first league title since 2008 and a No. 3 final national ranking ... First-team All- American by the National Junior College Athletic Association and by JC Gridwire ... Defensive player of the year in the Western States Football League ... Logged 41 tackles, five sacks and 11 tackles for loss ... Was the driving force in Snow leading the nation in sacks as a team due to the constant double-teams he commanded on the interior ... A three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Scout.com ranked him as the No. 10 junior college defensive tackle in the country ... Carried scholarship offers from Utah, Oregon State and Hawaii, among others.
High School: Amassed 57 tackles, 17 sacks, a safety and an interception as a senior ... First-team all-state selection in class 4A by the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News ... Had 36 tackles and four sacks as a junior.
Personal: Ofa Hautau was born Oct. 13, 1992 ... Son of Lomani and Toa Hautau.
Oklahoma State Defensive Line Coach Joe Bob Clements: "The first thing that immediately grabs your attention about Ofa Hautau is that he's a high-motor player. He's sideline to sideline. He's all over the place. You can tell that he plays with a tremendous amount of energy and strength. He's a guy that can be very disruptive for us up front. Our hope is that he comes right in and makes an impact immediately."
Safety | 6-3 | 180
A tall, rangy, athletic player who has the skill set to be effective against Big 12-style offenses ... Comes from an athletic family.
High School: Coached by Mark Smith ... All-district and all-area selection who also earned honorable mention all-state accolades ... Racked up 76 tackles, three interceptions and a pass defended his senior year ... A three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Scout.com ranked him as the No. 32 safety in the nation and ESPN.com had him as the No. 64 safety nationally ... Also competed in basketball and track and field ... Member of the A/B honor roll and participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Held scholarship offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, BYU, Boise State, Arizona State and Utah, among numerous others.
Personal: Tre Quille Flowers was born June 2, 1995, in Converse, Texas ... Son of Rodney and Crystal Flowers ... Brother, Rodney, plays football for Langston University and his sister, Aleshia Flowers, is a senior on the South Florida basketball team ... Uncle, Erik Flowers, played with several teams during his seven seasons in the NFL ... Plans to major in applied science.
Oklahoma State Safeties Coach Van Malone: "We don't have a guy in our safety group like Tre - he's a tall, rangy guy and we don't have that. His range and his ability to attack the football is what's really impressive to us."
Athlete | 6-4 | 215
Shined on both sides of the ball in high school and is a candidate to play on either side at the collegiate level ... Younger brother of former Cowboy football captain Cooper Bassett.
High School: Coached by Phil Koons ... Played both linebacker and tight end ... First-team all-state honoree at linebacker by the Oklahoma Coaches Association ... Recorded 106 tackles, three interceptions and four sacks, along with 780 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on just 32 catches ... Honorable mention all-state and little all-city first-team selection by The Oklahoman ... First-team all-district ... Class 3A-1 defensive player of the year ... Also played baseball, basketball and track and field ... Four-year member of the National Honor Society and the Oklahoma Honor Society ... Participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as a mentor for seventh-grade football ... Was a teacher and leader at vacation bible school.
Personal: Dawson Avery Bassett was born May 11, 1994, in Oklahoma City, Okla. ... Son of John and Vicki Bassett ... Plans to major in health education and promotion.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "We had Dawson Bassett in camp for two years in high school and he always impressed me with his effort and athleticism. He's very rangy and has very good change of direction. The question is how quickly will he put on weight and strength. We're not sure at this point if he'd be more of a weakside linebacker or inside receiver. We love his toughness and athleticism. He's a kid who may end up being one of the gems of the class. He's 6-4, 215 and can run and he will work hard and bring a great attitude every day. It's hard to pass up on a kid like him."
Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 315
Moves well for his size and was a constant presence in opposing teams' backfields as a senior, racking up 17 tackles for loss and six sacks ... A well-rounded individual with a diverse set of interests outside of football.
High School: Coached by Matt Carrol ... A four-star prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ESPN.com ranked him as the nation's No. 31 defensive tackle and the No. 44 player overall in the state of Texas ... Rivals.com had him at No. 45 among America's defensive tackles and No. 78 overall in Texas ... Had 87 tackles (17 for loss with six sacks) his junior year .. A member of the Waco Tribune-Herald Super CenTex first team and also a top-100 recruit in Texas by the same publication ... Also competed in track and field, power lifting, basketball and soccer ... Earned a spot on his school's top six percent A honor roll ... Participated in several extracurricular activities including assisting with little league football, the choir, culinary arts and art club ... Held scholarship offers from Kansas State and Mississippi State, among others.
Personal: Ben Hughes IV was born Aug. 23, 1994, in Waco, Texas ... Son of Ben Hughes and Deanna Young ... His father played football at Texas State and his aunt, Shayla Hughes, ran track at Texas ... Possible majors include history or music.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "Ben is a 315-pound kid right now. He has got the girth that we're looking for and a big body. He's a quick kid. He's the kind of kid at 315 that you'd think can hold a gap immediately. We've got to get him to learn the speed of the game in the Big 12 and play at the same rate every play. His strength numbers and body mass make him a candidate for early playing time."
Safety | 6-2 | 195
A fast and powerful player who is not afraid to come into the box and be an impact player in stopping the run.
High School: Coached by Sam Jones ... First-team all-district honoree in 2011 and 2012 and a first-team all-area selection in 2012 ... Participated in the USA Football International Bowl ... Made 54 tackles and had two interceptions, five fumbles forced and one fumble recovered as a senior ... Had 94 tackles, an interception and three fumbles forced as a junior ... A top-100 recruit in the state of Texas by the Waco Herald Tribune ... Three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rivals.com ranked him No. 35 among America's safeties ... Also a top-100 safety nationally by Scout (79th) and ESPN.com (83rd) ... Assisted with the AVID college prep program and participated with the French club ... Also competed in track and field ... Held a scholarship offer from Baylor.
Personal: Deric Robertson was born Sept. 13, 1995, in Killeen, Texas ... Son of Alexander and Patricia Robertson ... Father played football and mother competed in track and field ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Safeties Coach Van Malone: "Deric plays at Killeen High School, which in the state of Texas is well-known for the speed of its players. He's got really good size for a safety and he has played some corner. With his size and speed, we're looking for him to be a versatile player."
Offensive Line | 6-7 | 275
Has the prototypical frame for a big-time offensive tackle and has packed on more than 25 pounds during his senior year alone.
High School: Coached by Jeff Holme ... A three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked as the nation's No. 53 offensive tackle by Rivals.com and the nation's No. 72 offensive tackle by Scout.com ... A top-100 recruit in the state of Texas by the Waco Tribune-Herald and by Rivals.com ... All-district honoree ... Also played basketball ... Carried scholarship offers from Baylor, Texas Tech and Washington State, among others.
Personal: Zachary David Crabtree was born Sept. 16, 1994, in Arlington, Texas ... Son of Brenda and Garey Crabtree ... Plans to major in business.
Oklahoma State Offensive Line Coach Joe Wickline: "Zach is the true prototype of an edge tackle - a guy that can play right or left. He's an excellent pass protector and athlete. He's 275 now, but I see him topping out at about 320. He's outstanding from a standpoint of comprehension - knowing what to do and how to do it. He loves football and was recruited highly. With his brother going to school here and his parents having an affiliation, he was a great fit."
Running Back | 5-11 | 185
Primarily known for his breakaway speed and explosiveness after cuts, but also has strong ball skills and is a threat in the passing game.
High School: Coached by Matt McClure ... Rushed for 1,786 yards as a senior ... A top-100 recruit in the state of Texas by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... Honorable mention class 3A all-state selection by the Associated Press Sports Editors after both his junior and senior years ... A four-star prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 33 running back in the country and the No. 50 overall player in the state of Texas, regardless of position ... Scout. com ranked him No. 45 among the nation's running backs and Rivals.com listed him as the country's No. 12 all-purpose back ... Earned offensive MVP honors in his district ... Held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and Arizona State, among others.
Personal: Corion Devonte Webster was born May 25, 1994, in Atlanta, Texas ... Son of Youlanda Thomas and Titus Webster, Jr. ... Brother, Titus, played football at Missouri Southern ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Running Backs Coach Jemal Singleton: "What we saw in Corion Webster was a very explosive straight-line guy that also had great ball skills. For us in this offense, we need a guy that can hit the home run but can also be a receiver out of the backfield. Corion can do both of those."
Safety | 6-1 | 195
Has a natural feel for the game that makes him a consistent big-play talent ... Excelled as both a running back and a safety in high school.
High School: Coached by Mike Jinks ... Accounted for 10 touchdowns as a senior (two interception returns, two punt returns, a fumble return and five rushing) ... Class 5A first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press Sports Editors ... Logged 58 tackles and six interceptions his senior year ... All-district and all-area selection and was his district's defensive MVP ... A four-star prospect by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by both ESPN. com and Rivals.com ... Scout.com ranked him No. 30 among America's safeties ... A top-100 recruit in the state of Texas by the Waco Tribune-Herald ... Member of the San Antonio Express-News Super Team as a defensive back and as a return specialist ... Carried scholarship offers from Baylor, Texas Tech and Iowa State, among others.
Personal: Jordan Sterns was born May 28, 1994, in Dallas ... Son of Brandi Biddy and Godfrey Briller ... Father played basketball at Baylor ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Safeties Coach Van Malone: "Jordan was the leader of a good team that played for a state championship. He's a competitor. He's got incredible ball skills and is a threat to turn the ball over and score for your defense on any given play."
Kicker | 6-1 | 175
The consensus top kicker in the state of Texas who can also serve as a punter ... Once kicked a PAT using the old-time drop-kick style.
High School: Coached by Bob Wager ... Earned class 5A firstteam all-state honors by the Associated Press Sports Editors after he connected on nine-of-11 field goals with a long of 56 yards and was a perfect 40-for-40 on PAT attempts his senior year ... Three-star prospect by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com ... Rivals. com ranks him as the No. 9 kicker in the nation and ESPN.com has him at No. 15 nationally ... The only kicker included on the list of Texas Football Magazine's top 300 prospects ... Member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team as a first-team kicker and punter ... Knocked in eight-of-10 field goal attempts with a long of 52 yards and added 25-of-25 PATs his junior year ... Also played soccer ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Held offers from Kansas and Memphis.
Personal: Ben Grogan was born Jan. 9, 1995, in Arlington, Texas ... Son of Mike and Marcia Grogan ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Grad Assistant Ty Linder: "Ben Grogan has got a huge leg, first of all. He makes 60 yard field goals in practice consistently. Consistency is the other thing. In one game, he went five-for-five on field goals. His coaches say he's got ice in his veins and loves to be under pressure. His huge leg and his consistency is what drew us to him."
Running Back | 5-10 | 180
Houston, Texas/Cypress Ridge
Fits the general mold of Oklahoma State's recent running backs with a combination of good ball skills and explosive ability in space.
High School: Coached by Gary Thiebaud ... Rushed for 1,945 yards and 19 touchdowns on 213 carries his senior year en route to earning first-team all-district and second-team all-greater Houston recognition by the Houston Chronicle ... Made 11 catches for 193 yards and two scores his senior year ... Ripped off 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior ... A three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Also competed in track and field ... Held offers from Boise State and Houston, among others.
Personal: Renderick Voltair Childs, Jr., was born Aug. 28, 1995, in Houston ... Son of Kassandra and Renderick Childs ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Running Backs Coach Jemal Singleton: "Rennie is the type of back that we need - a strong runner. You take a look at his film and you see that he's not afraid to run a guy over, but he's also got speed and elusiveness to run away from a guy."
Receiver | 6-4 | 190
Dallas, Texas/Wylie East
A big-bodied receiver who excelled in both football and basketball in high school ... Held scholarship offers from several power programs.
High School: Coached by Joe Lepsis ... Made 84 catches for 1,584 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior ... Participated in the 2012 Offense-Defense All-America Bowl ... A four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 25 receiver ... A first-team all-area selection by the Dallas Morning News ... Made 67 catches for 1,047 yards with 10 touchdowns as a junior ... Made 32 catches for 479 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore ... Also played basketball, where he earned all-district recognition ... Assisted with his school's Peer Assistance Leadership Program ... Carried scholarship offers from Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas Tech, among numerous others.
Personal: Marcell Ligon Ateman was born Sept. 16, 1994, in Dallas ... Son of Ronald and Arlene Ateman ... Father played basketball at Western Illinois ... Plans on majoring in business.
Oklahoma State Wide Receivers Coach Kasey Dunn: "Marcell is a very tough and physical player. He's had tremendous production throughout his career and has caught a ton of balls. He's a true Cowboy. He is he type of player that could play the X, Y or Z position in our offense. He's got the range and speed and length and great hands to be effective anywhere."
Cornerback | 6-0 | 180
The consensus top player in Kansas, regardless of position ... Among the state's elite on both sides of the ball and also in the jumping events in track and field ... A possible two-sport athlete at the collegiate level.
High School: Coached by Bill Lowe ... Ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of Kansas by ESPN.com and Rivals.com ... Played in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl ... Hauled in 38 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... Earned first-team all-state accolades as both a wide receiver and as a defensive back by different outlets ... Rivals.com tabbed him as the nation's No. 17 player under the "athlete" category ... Also a standout performer in track and field with aspirations of competing as a jumper at OSU ... Had scholarship offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas State and Kansas among numerous others.
Personal: Jerel Morrow was born Sept. 22, 1994 ... Son of Tammy and Leon Morrow.
Oklahoma State Cornerbacks Coach Jason Jones: "Jerel is big and very athletic - he's a 48-foot triple jumper. Our track coaches tell me that his high school mark would have ranked second in the Big 12 last year. When we look at Jerel, we can see him doing well in playing man-to-man against the bigger receivers that you find in the Big 12."
Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 170
One of two four-star prospects at wide receiver in Oklahoma State's 2013 signing class, according to ESPN.com ... Has the general skill set that would project him to be effective in the Cowboys' fastpaced brand of offense.
High School: Coached by his father, Reginald Samples ... Under Armour All-America Game participant ... Caught 62 passes for 1,072 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior on the heels of making 65 catches for 1,369 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior ... His 48 career touchdown catches rank among the highest totals in state history ... A four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ESPN.com ranked him No. 19 among wide receivers nationally, with Scout.com ranking him 29th and Rivals 35th ... ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 20 overall player in the state of Texas and Rivals had him 36th among all Texans ... Second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press Sports Editors after his senior year ... Competed at ESPN's nationally-televised "The Opening" event before the season ... A top-100 recruit in the state of Texas by the Waco Herald Tribune ... Two-time first-team all-area selection by the Dallas Morning News ... Held scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and UCLA among numerous others.
Personal: Ra'Shaad D. Samples was born Dec. 11, 1994, in Dallas ... Son of Reginald and Julie Samples ... Plans to major in business.
Oklahoma State Wide Receivers Coach Kasey Dunn: "Ra'Shaad is a football junkie - a complete gym rat. He's a coach's kid. He's competitive and tremendously strong for his size. He has the reach of someone who is six-foot-four. He can reach longer than me and I'm 6-2 and he's 5-11. He can dunk a basketball with two hands just jumping vertically from straight under the hoop with no kind of start."
Cornerback | 6-1 | 190
Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch
Had a very impressive list of offers and projects as a high-level talent by the top recruiting services ... Played for his father, who was his defensive coordinator in high school.
High School: Coached by Chris Griffin ... A four-star recruit by ESPN.com ... ESPN.com ranked him as the No. 23 cornerback in the nation and the No. 36 player overall in the state of Georgia ... Team captain and team MVP ... Invited to the Offense-Defense All-America Game ... A three-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Tabbed by Rivals as the nation's No. 51 cornerback and the No. 48 player overall in the state of Georgia ... Also played basketball ... Held scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee and Penn State, among numerous others.
Personal: Darius Curry was born Dec. 29, 1994, in Augusta, Ga. ... Son of Felix and Cartrina Curry ... Brother, C.J. is a wide receiver for Oklahoma State ... Plans on majoring in business.
Oklahoma State Cornerbacks Coach Jason Jones: "Darius Curry has size. He's a big, physical corner who is athletic. He has a high football IQ - his dad was his high school defensive coordinator. Darius is a smart football player and can do a lot of different things. In high school, they played him at quarterback, receiver, safety and corner. They put him all over the field and he did well."
Offensive Line | 6-4 | 310
St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute Country Day School
Florida native who started as a freshman at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale before moving to Missouri and becoming one of the state's elite offensive linemen.
High School: Coached by Josh Smith ... Helped lead the squad to a class 4A state runner-up finish in 2011 ... Battled injury his senior year, but was a first-team all-state and all-metro honoree as a junior in 2011 ... A three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rivals tabbed him as the nation's No. 32 offensive guard and Scout had him at No. 40 nationally ... ESPN.com ranked him as an offensive tackle and put him at No. 80 on its national list ... Also competed in the shot put ... Owner of a 3.5 grade point average on an unweighted scale ... Transferred in after starting his high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... Part of St. Thomas Aquinas' 2010 class 5A state champion team ... Earned highest academic honors at St. Thomas Aquinas in 2010 ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participated in community service at St. Louis Family Church and at his school ... Held scholarship offers from Ball State and Troy.
Personal: Robert John Kurzu II was born Oct. 28, 1994, in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of Bob and Laura Kurzu ... Father played football at Florida and his sister, Sarah, was on the rowing team at Miami (Fla.) ... Great-grandfather, Jim Storms, played football and basketball at Missouri ... Possible majors include marketing and business.
Oklahoma State Offensive Line Coach Joe Wickline: "In our scheme, I see Jack Kurzu as an inside guy playing either right or left guard, maybe some center. He's more of a road-grader type. He's physical and athletic and very smart. He understands the game. Jack has shown through his years that he wants to be and is going to be a very good college football player who can excel at this level."
Offensive Line | 6-6 | 280
Bedford, Texas/L.D. Bell
One of three offensive linemen in the 2013 signing class listed at six-foot-six or taller.
High School: Coached by Mark Smith ... Three-year starter and letterman ... All-district honoree ... A three-star prospect by ESPN. com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... ESPN.com ranked him No. 50 among offensive tackles nationally and the No. 105 player overall in the state of Texas ... A top-100 offensive tackle nationally by Scout. com (84th) ... Participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life ... Also competed in track and field, wrestling, basketball and power lifting ... Held offers from Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas Tech among numerous others.
Personal: Jesse Lee Robinson was born Feb. 13, 1995, in Fort Worth, Texas ... Son of Kris and David Robinson ... Father played college football and both his mother and brother played college basketball ... Undecided on a major.
Oklahoma State Offensive Line Coach Joe Wickline: "We got on Jesse late. We had him in some camps and liked him all along, but we just didn't know where we would be slot-wise. He kind of falls into the category of a two-dimensional guy - he can play inside, he can play outside, he can play right or left. He's very athletic. He's strong, but is going to get a lot stronger and a lot bigger. Jesse is an upbeat kid and very intelligent. He comes from a program where they've done a great job with all their players. He's been well-coached. Football is important to him and he loves Oklahoma State. It's a great fit for both of us."
Offensive Line | 6-6 | 285
Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park/Trinity Valley CC
Early enrollee who signed with Oklahoma State in December and will compete during spring drills ... A junior college transfer who still has his redshirt year available.
Junior College: Coached by Brad Smiley ... Three-star prospect by ESPN.com and a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honoree ... Held offers from Louisiana and North Texas, among others.
High School: Attended Deer Park HS in Deer Park, Texas, where he was coached by Chris Massey ... First-team all-district honoree as a senior – his lone year of varsity action ... Helped his team to an 8-2 record ... Participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Brandon Garrett was born May 14, 1992, in Deer Park, Texas ... Son of Heath Garrett and Tammy Helms ... Undecided on a major at Oklahoma State ... Grandfather, Stan Garrett, played football at Rice.
Oklahoma State Offensive Line Coach Joe Wickline: "We expect Brandon to come in and challenge for a starting spot. He'll be at about 295 pounds for the spring. He's got good fundamentals and is very intelligent. He is an athletic player with good bend."
Defensive End | 6-3 | 255
Hurst, Texas/L.D. Bell
Teammate of fellow OSU signee Jesse Robinson at L.D. Bell HS ... One of the final members of the signing class to commit.
High School: Coached by Mark Smith ... Logged 41 tackles (11 for loss) and three sacks as a senior ... Had 38 tackles (six for loss) and two sacks as a junior ... A three-star prospect by ESPN. com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked as the nation's No. 68 defensive end by Scout.com ... A member of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram super team ... A top-100 Dallas-area recruit by the Dallas Morning News ... Two-time first-team all-district honoree ... Carried scholarship offers from Utah, Boise State, Mississippi State, Houston and Navy, among others.
Personal: Vili Leveni was born June 3, 1995 ... Son of Melesete Leveni ... One of eight children, he has five sisters and two brothers.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "When you look at Vili on film, you see a real rangy kid with a lot length and long arms, but he's deceiving size-wise. He looks thin on film, but when you see him in person, he has a great lower body. As a sophomore, he was 218 pounds and now he's up to 255 pounds but is still very athletic. He still has great growth potential. He's got a 35-inch vertical and he's explosive. He played everywhere up front. He's a very quick kid and is fast off the ball."
Cornerback | 6-0 | 180
Son of former Houston Oiler and Tennessee Titan Rod Lewis ... Known as a physical cover corner.
High School: Coached by Claude Mathis ... All-district honoree and his team's defensive most valuable player after making 52 tackles and picking off four passes as a senior ... A second-team all-area selection by the Dallas Morning News ... A three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Member of the A/B honor roll and the student council ... Also competed in track and field ... Held scholarship offers from Kansas and Washington State.
Personal: Taylor F. Lewis was born Jan. 24, 1995, in Houston, Texas ... Son of Rod and Becky Lewis ... Father played football at Arizona and had a five year NFL career with the Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Titans ... Possible majors include communications or mathematics.
Oklahoma State Cornerbacks Coach Jason Jones: "Taylor is very athletic, but what we really liked about him is that he's a competitor and he has an unbelieveable work ethic. He loves football and he comes from good high school program. Taylor came to our camp here and did well. He really competed. What we noticed about him is that he loves to come down and hit you and get physical."
Defensive End | 6-4 | 235
College Park, Ga./Alpharetta
Early enrollee who will participate in spring practice with the Cowboys ... Son of former NFL player Najee Mustafaa and has several other close family members with impressive athletic backgrounds ... Carried scholarship offers from nearly every power program in the southeast and was a former Georgia commit.
High School: Coached by Jason Dukes ... Four-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals. com ... Had 45 tackles as a senior (27 unassisted) and added six sacks and a forced fumble ... As a junior, he had 50 tackles (15 for loss) and eight sacks ... Held scholarship offers from Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Auburn, among several others.
Personal: Naim Mustafaa was born Oct. 4, 1994, in East Point, Ga. ... Son of Najee and Celeste Mustafaa ... Father played seven seasons in the NFL and was a teammate of OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer at Georgia Tech ... His brother, Charles, played receiver at Kentucky from 2008-11 ... His cousin, Derek Smith, played basketball at Louisville and logged nine seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and Boston ... Another cousin, Tray Rutland, played football at Mississippi State ... Cited OSU's defensive scheme and the school's business major as two of his reasons for choosing the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "Naim is a big-time defensive end who can rush the passer and is very athletic. He has a very high motor and is a competitor. He uses his hands very well. He is a quiet person by nature, but he turns it up when he's on the field."
Offensive Line | 6-4 | 290
Played center in high school and was effective in both run blocking and pass blocking situations.
High School: Coached by Aaron De La Torre ... Two-time alldistrict honoree and an all-north Texas selection ... Second-team class 5A all-state honoree by the Associated Press Sports Editors ... Three-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com and a two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ESPN.com ranked him as the nation's No. 73 offensive guard ... Also competed as a wrestler ... Held scholarship offers from San Diego State and Louisiana-Monroe, among others.
Personal: Jaxon Bailey Salinas was born April 27, 1995, in Irving, Texas ... Son of Melanie and Manuel Salinas ... Two of his uncles played collegiately - Brandon Mays at Austin College and Greg Salinas at Southern Arkansas ... Plans on majoring in graphic design.
Oklahoma State Offensive Line Coach Joe Wickline: "Jaxon is a good kid. He's the guy that everybody looked at but maybe they weren't ready to take thinking he should be an inch taller, can he be this or can he be that. He's plenty tall. He's got nice weight and some good strength numbers. He's a great leader. He'll be the one that probably ends up running the show playing center. He's got some nice girth to him, which we need inside. He's physical, he gets after it and football is really important to him."
Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 278
San antonio, Texas/James Madison
A very effective player on the interior of defensive line at the high school level who was consistently disruptive to opposing offenses.
High School: Coached by Jim Streety ... Class 5A first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Texas Sportswriters Association ... Participated in the Offense- Defense All-America Game ... A first-team selection to the Texas Football Magazine Super Team and the San Antonio Express-News Super Team ... Recorded 79 tackles (12 for loss) and two sacks as a senior ... Honored as the area player of the year by the San Antonio Express-News ... District defensive player of the year ... A four-star recruit by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country and as the No. 39 overall player in the state of Texas, regardless of position ... Ranked as the No. 28 defensive tackle in America by Rivals.com and the nation's No. 33 defensive tackle by Scout.com ... Assisted with the Special Olympics ... Held scholarship offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Purdue, among others.
Personal: Vincent Taylor was born Jan. 5, 1994, in New Orleans, La. ... Son of Angela Taylor and Victor Taylor ... Plans to major in business.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "Vincent Taylor is very explosive. At 275-280 pounds, he's really quick. He's going to have to learn how to play at this competition level. He's dominated his competition to this point. He comes from a good program and we know he works hard. He has an incredible wingspan. For a defensive tackle, it's good to play low and still have long arms to separate off blocks. He has the feet of a linebacker."
Defensive End | 6-3 | 260
Palestine, Texas/Palestine/Arizona Western CC
Early enrollee who will participate in spring practice ... Pass rush specialist with an explosive first step off the edge but is still an effective run stopper.
Junior College: Coached by Tom Minnick ... A first-team All- Western States Football League selection who finished with 14.5 sacks to rank second in the nation ... His 1.6 sacks per game led the nation ... Had 18 tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble, had four pass breakups and recorded a safety ... Defensive MVP of the 2012 El Toro Bowl after logging one sack and 12 tackles (four for loss) in the game ... Claims a 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical leap ... A four-star defensive end prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals. com and Scout.com ... Held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State, among others.
High School: Attended Palestine HS in Palestine, Texas, where he was coached by Booker Bowie ... Was a two-year starter who recorded 51 tackles and a team-high four sacks as a senior in 2009 ... Second-team all-district honoree ... Also participated in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Sam Wren was born Jan. 3, 1992 ... Son of Gregg and Vanessa Wren ... Cousin, Joel, is a senior on the football team at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Oklahoma State Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer: "We saw Sam late in the process but we knew we liked him. He's what we call a quick-twitch kid. He's got a lot of bounce. As soon as he learns the terminology, we think he's ready to play physically. He'll get a lot of looks during the spring because we're trying to have him ready to play immediately."