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Oklahoma State Football Recruiting: Meet All the 2014 Commits

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2014

Oklahoma State Football Recruiting: Meet All the 2014 Commits

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    The Oklahoma State Cowboys welcomed in 27 new players today, as they released their 2014 recruiting class. Scout.com has this class ranked as high as No. 14, but this class is quality no matter which recruiting service you prefer.

    Mike Gundy brought in quite a few defensive players to complement the usual assortment of skill players Pokes fans are used to. Add in a potential star quarterback and some solid offensive linemen, and the 2014 class could be one of the best Gundy's ever brought to campus.

    Let's briefly examine each of the 27 recruits in turn.

    *All stats and rankings are via 247sports.com and Oklahoma State's information page unless otherwise noted.

Tyreek Hill

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    Height/Weight: 5'8", 185 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 4-star All-Purpose Back, No. 3 JUCO overall (No. 1 JUCO RB)

    JUCO: Garden City Community College

    Final Year Stats: Rushing: 110 attempts, 638 yards, five TDs. Receiving: 35 receptions, 557 yards, six TDs.

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    *Early Enrollee*

    Analysis: The first thing you should know about Tyreek Hill is that he has world-class speed. This guy could be an Olympic 100-meter sprinter. For Oklahoma State, this equates to a player who should make an immediate impact in the return game.

    Hill also has solid hands, which means that he should also quickly get snaps in the slot for Mike Yurcich's Air Raid offense. Hill is a real game-changer and getting the ball to him is going to be key part of the Cowboys' offense for the next few years.

Devon Thomas

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    Height/Weight: 5'10.5", 211 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 4-star RB, No. 222 overall (No. 11 RB)

    High School: Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

    Senior Year Stats: 181 carries, 917 yards, six TDs

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    *Early Enrollee

    Analysis: Devon Thomas has a good mix of power and speed that's going to make him a threat to get early playing time in the Oklahoma State backfield. He doesn't have breakaway speed, but he does run a 4.47 40.

    Interestingly, his skill set might make him a candidate to replace Jeremy Smith's role at the goal line and in short yardage early in his career. His compact size and good power in the hole give him the ability to keep his feet in traffic and get key extra yards.

Mason Rudolph

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 210 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 4-star QB, No. 270 overall (No. 16 Pro-Style QB)

    High School: Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)

    Senior Year Stats: Passing: completed 290 of 383 passes, 4,377 yards, 64 TDs, eight INTs. Rushing: 98 carries, 543 yards, 16 TDs.

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    *Early Enrollee*

    Analysis: As you can see from his senior-year statistics, Mason Rudolph knows how to chuck the pigskin. In high school, he actually ran a similar Air Raid offense to what Oklahoma State employs, making him a prime candidate to make noise this spring.

    Obviously, until we see him in extended spring practices, it's hard to say if he can realistically compete with J.W. Walsh for the Pokes' starting quarterback position. However, don't be surprised to see Rudolph make a push to be the second true freshman to start opening day for the Cowboys in the past three years.

Devante Averette

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 230 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ILB, No. 109 JUCO overall (No. 5 JUCO ILB)

    JUCO: Ellsworth Community College

    Final Year Stats: 92 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, four sacks.

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    *Early Enrollee*

    Analysis: Devante Averette has the chance to make an immediate impact for the Oklahoma State Cowboys this season. The Pokes are losing a ton of talent on defense, including two key linebackers in Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis.

    Averette is an excellent blitzer and could fill Lewis' role as the linebacking corps' biggest playmaker. Look for Averette to get in this spring and make a push for a starting spot this fall.

Jordan Frazier

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 245 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star TE, No. 1930 overall (No. 82 TE)

    High School: Lighthouse Christian Academy (Springfield, Mo.)

    Senior Year Stats: 50 catches, 10 TDs.

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    *Early Enrollee*

    Analysis: Jordan Frazier doesn't have the ranking that makes you think he could make an impact in year one, but with the size he possesses he could become a big-time red-zone weapon early in his career.

    Obviously, we need to take a wait-and-see approach; however, you can see how he fits into what Oklahoma State wants to do. He's big and fast for his size (4.7 40), making him ideal for streaks down the seam in Yurcich's offense.

Gyasi Akem

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    Height/Weight: 6'1", 211 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 4-star OLB, No. 214 overall (No. 19 OLB)

    High School: Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow, Okla.)

    Senior Year Stats: 67 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one defensive TD

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    Analysis: Gyasi Akem is an explosive athlete on the defensive side of the ball, making plays all over the field. Like Averette, Akem has the opportunity to see the field early because of the losses Oklahoma State had at linebacker.

    Unfortunately, he isn't an early enrollee, so he won't have as long as Averette to get acclimated to the defense. That said, I would be surprised if he doesn't find his way into the rotation at some point during the early part of the season.

Keenen Brown

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 205 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 4-star WR, No. 292 overall (No. 39 WR)

    High School: Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 55 catches, 940 yards, nine TDs

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    Analysis: Keenen Brown's biggest talking point is his tall, strong frame that gives him the ability to come across the middle and make tough catches. Additionally, he boasts a 4.5 40-yard dash time, making him a prime downfield threat.

    Oklahoma State has a deep receiver pool, most of which are pretty young. Therefore, it's hard to see Brown seeing the field much in his freshman season. Look for him to get minimal playing time this fall but become a key cog in the offense over the next few years.

Chris Hardeman

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    Height/Weight: 5'9", 178 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star CB, No. 333 overall (No. 25 CB)

    High School: Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 42 tackles, one INT, eight pass breakups

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    Analysis: Chris Hardeman is yet another defensive player who could make a push for immediate playing time this fall. Both Justin Gilbert and Tyler Patmon graduated, leaving a void at the cornerback position that should be filled by veterans like Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin. But you never know what kind of a push a young guy like Hardeman could make.

    That said, his greatest impact early on is probably going to happen in the return game. In fact, his junior year, he was named Return Specialist of the Year for his district.

Jordan Brailford

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 225 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star DE, No. 334 overall (No. 17 DE)

    High School: Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.)

    Senior Year Stats: 105 tackles, nine sacks

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    Analysis: Jordan Brailford is a speedy defensive end, possessing a 4.55 40-yard dash. Add in his above-average athleticism (37.5-inch vertical) and you have a guy that should be in the defensive line rotation at some point this season.

    Brailford has a good motor and doesn't seem to take many plays off. You'd like to see him add a little more strength (which should come), but otherwise, he looks to be a solid addition to the Pokes' defense.

Trey Carter

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    Height/Weight: 6'4", 250 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star DE, No. 387 overall (No. 17 DE)

    High School: Pinkston (Dallas, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 89 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 15 sacks

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    Analysis: Trey Carter is a mountain of a man, tipping the scales at 250 pounds, and that's before he even has a chance to get into coach Rob Glass' world-class strength-and-conditioning program. That means he could see a move inside sometime during his career.

    For now, Carter will use his immense strength (385-pound bench press, 675-pound squat) to make plays on the edge for Oklahoma State. He'll join Brailford as guys who should be seen on the field early for a rebuilding Pokes' defense.

Josh Mabin

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 225 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ILB, No. 438 overall (No. 18 ILB)

    High School: Klein Oak (Spring, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: N/A

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    Analysis: Josh Mabin already has solid size and strength, which should improve during his first year as an Oklahoma State Cowboy. That said, he likely won't see too much playing time in 2014-15; however, he's a guy the Pokes will build around in the future.

    Barring injuries or an amazing showing during the summer, Mabin might be a good candidate for a redshirt. Remember his name, however, because in a few years he will be holding down the middle of Oklahoma State's defense.

Jarrell Owens

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    Height/Weight: 6'3, 235 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ATH, No. 445 overall (No. 39 ATH)

    High School: Palestine (Palestine, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: Rushing: 81 carries, 678 yards, six TDs. Defense: 23 tackles, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles.

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    Analysis: Jarrell Owens is listed as an athlete on 247sports, but the Cowboys will be using him as a defensive end during his collegiate career.

    Owens mostly played running back in high school, which means he's pretty fast for his size. However, his big frame means that he'll be making the aforementioned switch to defensive end at the next level. Considering he'll be learning the position this year, I wouldn't expect to see him on the field much, if at all. 

Sione Palelei

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    Height/Weight: 5'10", 196 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star RB, No. 529 overall (No. 11 All-Purpose Back)

    High School: East Ascension (Gonzales, La.)

    Senior Year Stats: 58 carries, 752 yards, 10 TDs (in five games)

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    Analysis: Sione "Boo" Palelei is an interesting prospect. He missed all but five games during his senior season, so we're left with a small sample size; however, his production over those five games is pretty impressive.

    Additionally, he runs a 4.35 40-yard dash, which isn't Hill fast, but it's nothing to wipe your nose at. Palelei might see a few snaps this season, but don't expect to see much out of him until his sophomore or junior year. He's a quality back, but there are just too many talented guys ahead of him right now.

Kirk Tucker

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star DB, No. 608 overall (No. 47 OLB)

    High School: Tucker (Tucker, Ga.)

    Senior Year Stats: 55 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, two INTs, two FRs

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    Analysis: Kirk Tucker was rated as an outside linebacker by 247sports, but Oklahoma State will probably move him to safety once he gets on campus. However, we could easily see him play both positions at times during his career given his blitzing ability.

    Tucker is a solid late pickup for the Pokes. He wasn't able to meet Stanford's admissions procedures and ultimately decided to wear orange for his college career. Consider that a win for both sides.

Chris Lacy

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 191 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star WR, No. 847 overall (No. 111 WR)

    High School: DeSoto (DeSoto, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 60 catches, 1,206 yards, 16 TDs

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    Analysis: When you look at Chris Lacy, he seems to have prototypical size for Oklahoma State's offense. However, as we've talked about earlier, the receiver position is something of a logjam for the Pokes.

    Lacy could see a redshirt in 2014-15, but that's not a knock on the young man. Instead, it speaks to the team's depth at the position. Look for Lacy to be a major player in a few years.

James Washington

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 193 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star WR, No. 887 (No. 118 WR)

    High School: Stamford (Stamford, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 73 catches, 1,331 yards, 24 TDs

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    Analysis: James Washington reports a 4.40 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical, making him an elite athlete at the receiver position. Due to his ability to play the slot, Washington might have a better chance than many of the other freshman wideouts to see the field this season.

    Hill is the likely candidate to replace Josh Stewart at the position, but don't be surprised if Washington makes a push for playing time. His high school stats show he has a nose for the end zone and the Oklahoma State staff might want to get on the field early in his career.

Justin Phillips

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 215 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ILB, No. 888 overall (No. 36 ILB)

    High School: Pearland (Pearland, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 86 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks

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    Analysis: Justin Phillips likely needs a full season to beef up a little before he can play at the collegiate level. However, he does possess many of the intangibles you're looking for at the position.

    He's an aggressive attacker with the ability to deliver a bone-crunching hit. Additionally, his vision puts him in the correct position more often than not. If he can add some weight to his frame, he should be a solid addition for Oklahoma State.

Joyan Williams

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    Height/Weight: 6'3", 265 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star DT, No. 954 overall (No. 64 DT)

    High School: Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.)

    Senior Year Stats: N/A

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    Analysis: Joyan Williams had quite a few offers from other big-time programs like Miami and Oklahoma, but chose to sign with Oklahoma State. He's a big body who should greatly improve his conditioning and strength in his first season with the Pokes.

    Williams probably needs to sit this season, but the raw talent is there. He needs to take some time to work on his body and learn the scheme before he can be a solid contributor. 

Cole Walterscheid

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 210 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star DE, No. 1069 overall (No. 51 DE)

    High School: Muenster (Muenster, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks

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    Analysis: Cole Walterscheid is another guy who needs to work on his body. At just 210 pounds, he needs to add quite a bit of muscle before he can play at the college level.

    Walterscheid could easily become a key player for the Pokes down the line, but you can't realistically expect that to happen for at least another year, if not two.

Lemaefe Galeai

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    Height/Weight: 6'5", 330 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star OG, No. 1113 (No. 60 OG)

    High School: Trinity (Euless, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: N/A

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    Analysis: Lemaefe Galeai has ideal size for the position and should only improve as he spends time in Oklahoma State's strength-and-conditioning program. He should provide quality depth for the Pokes from the jump, with the potential to be a starter down the road.

Dylan Harding

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star S, No. 1196 (No. 107 S)

    High School: Jenks (Tulsa, OK)

    Senior Year Stats: 59 tackles, one INT

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    Analysis: Dylan Harding comes into Oklahoma State as a proven winner, leading Jenks to back-to-back state championships in high school. His versatility made him a key player for that squad and should help him make an impact at OSU.

    That said, he probably needs a year or two before he becomes an every-down contributor at the safety position. Harding definitely has a chance to play coverage on special teams early, but only time will tell.

Juwann Offray

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    Height/Weight: 5'11", 180 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star CB, No. 1220 overall (No. 96 CB)

    High School: Edna Karr (New Orleans, La.)

    Senior Year Stats: N/A

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    Analysis: Juwann Offray is going to be a key special teams player for his first year or two. This isn't a knock on his skills, just an observation that stems from the fact that he's going to to need at least one season to learn the offense and get his game up to the collegiate level.

    Offray has 4.5 speed along with decent size for a corner. He should become a contributor down the line as older guys graduate or advance to the NFL.

Trevion Roberts

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    Height/Weight: 6'2", 205 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ATH, No. 1281 overall (No. 111 ATH)

    High School: Eisenhower (Houston, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: Rushing: 41 carries, 234 yards, three TDs. Receiving: 18 catches, 434 yards, five TDs

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    Analysis: Trevion Roberts is an interesting get for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He played all over the field in high school, including quarterback, but projects as a defensive back for the Pokes. He's got great size for the position, something Oklahoma State covets, along with great speed. However, he's going to need time to learn how to play the position before he gets on the field.

    Given his raw talent, he has a chance to be another quality Oklahoma State cornerback. He may not be quite up to Gilbert's level, but he has that similar size and speed to make one hopeful.

Ramon Richards

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 180 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star ATH, No 1282 overall (No. 112 ATH)

    High School: Brackenridge (San Antonio, Texas) 

    Senior Year Stats: Passing: completed 99-of-186 passes, 1,630 yards, 13 TDs. Rushing: 115 carries, 642 yards, 13 TDs

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    Analysis: Ramon Richards is another guy who played quarterback and other positions in high school but will make the jump to defensive back for Oklahoma State.

    The thing that stands out with Richards, however, is his ability with the ball in his hands. Look for Richards to make a push for playing time in the return game while he learns how to play cornerback and safety.

Matthew Mucha

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    Height/Weight: 6'6", 255 lbs. 

    Position/Ranking: 3-star OT, No. 1373 overall (No. 117 OT)

    High School: Clear Lake (Houston, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: N/A

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    Analysis: Skill-wise, Matthew Mucha comes into Stillwater at a high level; however, he needs to add size before he gets into the Oklahoma State rotation. At 6'6", he's got the height and skills to be a blindside protector for the Pokes. He just needs some time with Coach Glass and Co.

D'Nerius Antoine

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 205 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 3-star S, No. 213 JUCO overall (No. 14 JUCO S)

    JUCO: Trinity Valley Community College

    Final Year Stats: 69 tackles, five tackles for loss, two INTs

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    Analysis: D'Nerius Antoine is one of the better all-around athletes coming out of the JUCO ranks this year and gives the Oklahoma State Cowboys yet more depth in the return game.

    Additionally, he's got good size and speed to play either cornerback or safety, and he has a knack for making plays while the ball is in the air. Look for the Pokes to move him around during his career, giving him ample opportunities to make big plays.

Zach Sinor

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    Height/Weight: 6'0", 190 lbs.

    Position/Ranking: 2-star P, No. 2952 overall (No. 11 P) 

    High School: Medina Valley (Castroville, Texas)

    Senior Year Stats: 43.5 average punt, long of 66 yards

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    Analysis: Zach Sinor looks to have a solid leg and should push Kip Smith at the punter position this summer. I wouldn't expect Sinor to take over the position in 2014-15, but he looks like a guy who can win the field position battle for Oklahoma State for years to come.

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