|Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has 18 verbal commitments for the 2013 recruiting class. (US Presswire)|
Oklahoma State has convinced a coveted one-time Arizona State commitment to offer his pledge to play his college football in Stillwater instead.
On Wednesday, the Cowboys received a verbal commitment from safety Tre Flowers of Judson Senior High School in Converse, Texas, according to OSU Scout.com affiliate site GoPokes.com.
A 3-star prospect according to Scout.com, Flowers had previously offered a verbal commitment to Arizona State in early October, but backed out earlier this week before quickly pledging to coach Mike Gundy's staff.
“I'm really through with recruiting,” Flowers told GoPokes.com. “I've committed to Oklahoma State. I had a talk with my family and we all decided that this was the best thing for me.”
Flowers is Oklahoma State's 18th verbal commitment for the recruiting class of 2013 and the fourth defensive back of the group. Other than Arizona State and OSU, he also reportedly held scholarship offers from BYU, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Purdue and Utah.
Cyclones pick up a pair from the junior college ranks: Iowa State is fortunate to have one of the top junior college football programs in the country inside its state's borders, and the Cyclones took advantage of that edge in getting verbal commitments from a pair of players at Iowa Western Community College.
Defensive end Rodney Coe offered his pledge to move across the state and play in Ames, as did running back Aaron Wimberly, according to Scout.com affiliate site JCFootball.com.
Originally from Edwardsville High School in Illinois, Coe is listed as a 3-star prospect according to Scout.com, and reportedly held offers from Akron and South Florida in addition to Iowa State.
Wimberly is not ranked by Scout.com, but does have an impressive list of reported offers, including Boise State, Penn State, Florida International and Iowa, in addition to the Cyclones. He is categorized by the site as a “soft verbal” to Iowa State because he still plans to take a visit to Boise State in early December.
With the two new commitments in the fold, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads now reportedly has 14 members in his 2013 recruiting class, three of whom are current junior college players.
Longhorns continue to get a jump on 2014 class: While most schools are worried about solidifying their 2013 recruiting classes in the last couple of months before signing day, Texas is already getting quite a head start on its 2014 class.
Longhorns coach Mack Brown already has six players verbally committed for that 2014 class, the most recent of which came on Monday, when offensive lineman Demetrius Knox of All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth committed to UT, according to Scout.com.
Knox will join his teammate, RB Daniel Gresham, in Austin as part of that same recruiting class. It's quite a coup for the Longhorns, who beat out a who's who among college football programs for Knox's services. Scout.com reports Knox held offers from Alabama, Baylor, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M as well.
"I was thinking along the lines of after college," Knox told Scout.com. “If the whole NFL thing didn't work out, I'd want to live in the state of Texas. I thought to myself, 'What kind of degree would look better in the eyes of those hiring me in the future if I stay here?' The University of Texas just sounded better."
A 4-star recruit according to Scout.com, Knox is listed as the No. 2 player nationally in the class of 2014 at his offensive guard position.
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