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January 13, 2014

Four recruits enrolled for spring

Oklahoma State football announced the addition of four new players for the spring semester today. Among them were two mid-term junior college signees and two high school prospects who opted to begin their college careers early.

Athlete Tyreek Hill ranks 4th among all junior college prospects in the Rivals.com junior college top 100. At Oklahoma State, he is expected to be used as a slot receiver, with the possibility of sometimes lining up at running back. In his career at Garden City (KS) C.C., Hill played both spots, lining up at running back more frequently.

Linebacker Devante Averette ranks No. 71 in the Rivals.com JUCO rankings, and is expected to immediately compete for a job in Glenn Spencer's linebacking corps. The Cowboys lost three seniors who saw significant playing time in their career in Shaun Lewis, Caleb Lavey and Joe Mitchell, so the door is wide open for the junior college transfer to make immediate waves in the young unit.

For the third time in the last four seasons, OSU's quarterback in a recruiting class has enrolled early to go through spring drills. Mason Rudolph is the latest to give it a go. Rudolph is currently rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and was recently named the MVP of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game. A true dual-threat quarterback with emphasis on the passing game, in his senior season Rudolph completed 350 passes on 482 attempts for a 72.6 completion percentage. He totaled 4,377 passing yards and had an outstanding touchdown-to-interception ratio of 64/8. He also ran for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns. In spring drills, Rudolph will join the quarterback competition with veterans J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman and walk-ons Jake Hubenak and Richard Lagow.

One of a handful of in-state prospects in OSU's 2014 recruiting class, running back Devon Thomas will add immediate depth to the Cowboy running backs corps. He is rated as the No. 30 running back prospect in the country by Rivals.com and at 5-11 and 210 pounds will give the Cowboys another big back option in their RB stable.

According to a release from Cowboy football, all four are currently attending classes at Oklahoma State as of today. In the case of the high schoolers, that is significant because it locks them in to OSU (as noted, the JUCO's were previously locked by virtue of signing National Letters-of-Intent in December). Rudolph and Thomas will sign their NLI's in February as a formality.

The school has not released specific dates for spring football, but based on previous years it is expected to begin in early March and wrap up in mid-April.


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