National Signing Day 2013: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Wednesday, February 6th 2013, 11:05 am
By: News 9

It's national signing day and Oklahoma State wrapped things up early. The Cowboys secured the letters of intent from every one of its 23 previous commitments before 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and is in the process of securing a few late additions.

A few late defections potentially cost OSU a national top 25 class but there is plenty of depth and talent to have Cowboy fans excited for the future. We will update this story throughout the day.

WR - Marcell Ateman (6-4, 190) – Wylie, Texas (Wylie East HS)

Ateman has been committed to the Cowboys for quite a while, having made his verbal pledge back on May 2, 2012, and he is one of the most highly-regarded players in the class. Ateman is a big target at 6-foot-4 with good speed in the 4.5's in the 40-yard dash and earned four-star ratings from and He is also in the ESPN 300Ateman chose the Pokes over offers from Michigan, Arizona, Baylor, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Iowa State, among others.

ATH - Dawson Bassett (6'4, 215) – Tuttle, Okla.

Bassett, the younger brother of former Cowboy Cooper Bassett, is the lone Oklahoman in the 2013 class for OSU. He is listed as an outside linebacker prospect by Rivals and a tight end by Scout but it is unknown where the Cowboys want to use him. He is rated as a two-star prospect by both major recruiting services and OSU was listed as his only scholarship offer. He was an first-team all-state selection by the Oklahoma Coaches Association after recorded 106 tackles, three interceptions and four sacks, along with 780 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 32 receptions as a senior He was a very late addition to a class that appeared destined to be Oklahoman-less.

RB – Rennie Childs (5'10, 185) – Houston, Texas (Cypress Ridge HS)

Childs was a relatively late addition to the class and came in as a major need after OSU All-American running back Joseph Randle declared for the NFL Draft. Childs is a consensus three-star prospect and ran for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Cypress Ridge in Houston. He reportedly runs a 4.45 40-yard dash. Childs chose OSU over offers from Boise State, Houston, TCU, Utah State, Louisiana-Lafayette, etc.

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OT – Zach Crabtree (6'7, 270) – Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield HS)

Crabtree is another long-term commit, having been in the fold since late May. Crabtree is a highly-sought talent at offensive tackle with elite size and plenty of room to continue to grow on his frame. Crabtree is a prototypical Joe Wickline-style lineman and the three-star prospect received a bevy of offers, including Ole Miss, Illinois, Baylor, Colorado, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Washington State.

DB – Darius Curry (6'1, 190) – Flowery Branch, Ga.

The younger brother of OSU freshman C.J. Curry, Darius is a dynamic defensive back prospect who projects at either safety or cornerback for the Cowboys. Curry is regarded as a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals but earned four-star recognition from ESPN. Curry has great speed for his size with a 4.5 40. Curry received scholarship offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, N.C. State, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee just to name a few but chose to join his brother in Payne County.

DB – Tre Flowers (6'3, 180) – Converse, Texas (Judson HS)

Similar to Curry, Flowers is another elite combo of size and speed in the defensive backfield, putting 4.5 speed with his 6-foot-3 frame. He earned all-district and all-area selections, as well as, honorable mention all-state accolades after recording 76 tackles and three interceptions his senior season. He also reportedly sports a 33-inch vertical leap. Flowers chose OSU over offers from Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, Houston, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Utah.

OT – Brandon Garrett (6'6, 285) – Athens, Texas (Trinity Valley C.C.)

Regarded as a two-star prospect, Garrett is a bit of a sleeper that coaches hope to follow the footsteps of former underrated linemen Parker Graham, Michael Bowie, Lane Taylor, Nick Martinez and Levy Adcock, who all developed into fantastic o-linemen under Wickline's tutelage. Garrett has good size and has a leg up on early playing time because of his experience coming in as a junior. His offer sheet wasn't the most impressive of the incoming class but OSU has had great fortune with overlooked linemen. He was offered by UTSA, Old Dominion, North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette. As a transfer, he is already on campus and started classes this semester.

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K – Ben Grogan (6'1, 175) – Arlington, Texas (Martin HS)

The Quinn Sharp era in Stillwater might be over but Ben Grogan could shape up as the next in a phenomenal line of kickers at Oklahoma State. Grogan is rated as a three-star and the No. 9 kicker in the country by Rivals and is the No. 15 kicker according to ESPN. An All-State kicker in Texas as a senior, Grogan chose the Cowboys over scholarship offers from Memphis and Kansas.

DT – Ofa Hautau (6'2, 290) – Salt Lake City, Utah (Snow College)

A signing-day addition to the Cowboys' class, Hautau was a force on a defensive line that led the nation in sacks at the JUCO level. He is a consensus three-star recruit and comes from a Snow junior college team that went 11-1 and finished No. 3 in the country this past season. Hautau had 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks despite facing constant double teams on the interior. He chose OSU over offers from Utah, Oregon State, Hawaii, Utah State and Miami (OH).

DT – Ben Hughes (6'2, 310) – Waco, Texas (University HS)

Hughes is a mammoth defensive tackle prospect at 300-plus pounds as a high school senior and will aid in further strengthening an improving defensive interior for the Pokes. Hughes committed to OSU back in October and is rated as a four-star DT by ESPN and a three-star by Rivals and Scout. He chose the Pokes over offers from Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Tulsa.

OG – Jack Kurzu (6'4, 315) – St. Louis, Mo. (Mary Institute Country Day)

The next in a long line of Cowboy offensive linemen from the Show-Me State, Kurzu has elite size for his position and reportedly squats 545 pounds as a senior. He is also an excellent student with a 3.5 GPA and was rated as a consensus three-star recruit by the national recruiting services. Kurzu was a hot commodity on the recruiting trail but his definitive April commitment to the Cowboys kept other offers at bay. He chose OSU over Ball State and Troy.

DE – Vili Leveni (6'4, 260) – Hurst, Texas (L.D. Bell HS)

Leveni pulled a late switch, changing his commitment from Utah to Oklahoma State on Feb. 3 and giving the Cowboys a big, fast (4.65 speed) defensive end. Leveni is an outstanding athlete at the position and was rated as a three-star end by all three major recruiting outlets. He chose OSU over Utah, Boise State, Mississippi State, Illinois, Navy, Houston, Rice and Utah State, among others.

CB – Taylor Lewis (6'0, 180) - Desoto, Texas

Lewis brings the Desoto pipeline back to OSU where Tatum Bell and Victor DeGrate once made excellent careers for themselves in Stillwater. Lewis is a tall, athletic corner with sub-4.5 speed and a 6-foot frame. Lewis was all All-Area and All-District by The Dallas Morning News after registering 52 tackles and four interceptions as a senior, and was rated as consensus three-star prospect. Lewis chose the Cowboys over offers from Kansas and Washington State.

ATH – Jerel Morrow (6'1, 180) – Emporia, Kan.

Morrow committed to OSU over the summer and his stock has only risen since. Morrow is a versatile athlete with sub-4.5 speed and a reported 37-inch vertical leap. He is a standout prospect at both cornerback and wide receiver but it is reported the Cowboy coaching staff has him pegged for the defensive backfield, where he is rated as the No. 16 corner nationally by Rivals. He is a four-star according to Rivals and a three-star prospect by Scout and ESPN. He was also rated as the No. 1 player in Kansas as a senior. The Emporia native chose the Pokes over offers from Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Iowa State, Tulsa, etc.

DE – Naim Mustafaa (6'4, 235) – Alpharetta, Ga.

Mustafaa continues the Cowboys' recent recruiting success in the state of Georgia and he could well be the best of the bunch. Mustafaa is an elite defensive end prospect with plenty of room to grow on his 6'4 frame. He has 4.7 speed and a great first step, making him a natural fit in a 4-3 defensive scheme. He switched his commitment from Georgia to OSU before the spring semester and is already enrolled at OSU. He is a regarded as a four-star prospect by Scout and ESPN and chose OSU over offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, among others.

S – Deric Robertson (6'2, 185) – Killeen, Texas (Killeen HS)

Robertson, a consensus three-star recruit from all three services, is another tall, speedy secondary prospect and a Texas Top 100 standout. He has elite 4.4 speed to go with his 6-foot-2 frame and figures to get looks for early playing time in Stillwater. His May commitment kept several offers at bay but he chose OSU over an offer from Baylor and heavy interest from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and others.

OT – Jesse Robinson (6'6, 280) – Hurst, Texas (L.D. Bell HS)

Robinson is the second of two excellent players in this class from L.D. Bell High School in Texas. He is a big offensive tackles prospect at 6-foot-6 and has plenty of room to add to his 280-pound frame. Rated as a three-star prospect by all three services, Robinson chose OSU over offers from Kansas State, Texas Tech, Houston, Nevada, Rice, Louisiana-Monroe, etc.

OG – Jaxon Salinas (6'4, 300) – Irving, Texas (Irving HS)

Salinas committed to the Pokes back in July and gives Joe Wickline and Co. a strong guard prospect for the future. In typical Wickline fashion, Salinas was a late bloomer who didn't have the longest offer sheet but built plenty of interest from major programs late in the recruiting process. He is a consensus three-star prospect and chose the Pokes over offers from San Diego State, Rice, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and New Mexico State.

WR – Rashaad Samples (5'10, 170) – Dallas, Texas (Skyline HS)

Samples is one of the nation's premier high school wide receivers and one of the Cowboys' most prominent signees in the class. Rated as a four-star by every service, he is generally regarded as a top 15 wide receiver in the country and comes from a program known for producing elite college talent. He has 4.5 speed and is highly-praised from his route-running skills and burst off the line of scrimmage. Samples committed to the Pokes in a televised press conference over an impressive field of offers from Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC, Baylor, Cal, UCLA, West Virginia, Washington, Kansas State and many more.

S – Jordan Sterns (6'1, 195) – Cibolo, Texas (Steele HS)

Rated as a four-star prospect by Scout and a three star by Rivals and ESPN, Sterns is another tall and fast defensive back for the Cowboys in a growing trend for the coaching staff. With sub-4.5 speed, he earned numerous high school honors and chose OSU over offers from Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech, among others.

DT – Vincent Taylor (6'3, 265) – San Antonio, Texas (Madison HS)

Taylor is rated as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the country and a four-star prospect by ESPN, Taylor is a slightly undersized tackle at this point but has tremendous potential for growth in OSU's strength and training program or could see a potential shift to defensive end. Taylor is rated as a three-star by Scout and Rivals and chose OSU over Baylor, Houston, Purdue, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.

RB – Corion Webster (5'11, 190) – Atlanta, Texas

Webster is rated as a four-star by ESPN and a three-star by Scout and Rivals and is a major need for the Pokes in this class, much like Rennie Childs, after Joseph Randle's decision to turn pro. Webster could definitely see some early playing time . He is a Texas Top 100 prospect and Rivals pegged him as the No. 12 running back in the country. He has good size and strength for a high school back, which will aid him in seeing the field early in Stillwater. He chose OSU over offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arkansas, TCU and Arizona State.

DE – Sam Wren (6'3, 260) – Yuma, Ariz. (Arizona Western C.C.)

Wren, a junior college transfer, is almost a lock for early playing time and a spot in the defensive end rotation. A highly-sought prospect out of Arizona Western with impressive 4.59 speed, Wren also has the benefit of going through spring practice after enrolling early for the spring semester. A native of Palestine, Texas, Wren was rated a four-star by ESPN. He chose OSU over Arkansas, Oregon State, Nebraska, Nevada, Washington State, Houston, etc.