Gundy, Oklahoma State Announce Football Signees

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has announced the signing of 27 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.

Several of the major recruiting services consider the new class of Cowboys among the best group of newcomers in OSU history.

OSU’s class is headlined by two of the nation’s top recruits on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback J.W. Walsh from Denton (Guyer) Tex., and running back Herschel Sims of Abilene, Tex., are both ranked among the best in the country at their positions and are considered among the top 15 players in the state of Texas.

The 2011 class, however, is slanted toward defense with 16 of the newcomers scheduled to begin their careers on that side of the ball. Eight are expected to contribute on offense. There is one kicker in the class and three under the “athlete” heading.

“We have a very balanced class with considerable depth at the defensive line position,” said Gundy.” We have a number of guys who we expect to play as true freshmen.

“This is a group of quality individuals with high character. They are good student-athletes and we’re excited to have them in our program.”

Oklahoma State continues to remain a recruiting force in Texas with nine of the top 100 players in that state signing with OSU. Overall, 19 Texans signed with OSU, along with three student-athletes from Oklahoma, three from Georgia and one from Arkansas and Kentucky. With the addition of the 2011 class, Oklahoma State now has eight players from Georgia on its roster heading into spring drills.

The Oklahomans that are joining the program include Glenpool safety Isaac Maselera, Mustang receiver and Parade All-America selection David Glidden and Sand Springs offensive lineman Michael Bowie.

The new class includes four junior-college players and 23 from the prep ranks. Three of the four junior-college athletes and two from high school are already attending class at OSU and will participate in spring drills.

OSU went heavy in the defensive line with seven of the newcomers designated for duty at defensive tackle or defensive end, including two of the transfers. Linebacker was another point of emphasis with five joining the program.

2011 Oklahoma State Football Signees

Name                      Pos       Ht.        Wt.       Yr.         Hometown (School)                                        Notable

Jimmy Bean            DE       6-4        220       Fr.         Denton, TX (Guyer)                                          Had 19 tackles for loss as a senior

Torrance Carr         ATH      6-2        185       Fr.         Dallas, TX (Richardson)                                   All-district selection in both football & basketball

James Castleman    DL       6-4        255       Fr.         Amarillo, TX (Amarillo)                                   Two-time all-state honoree

Devin Davis              OL       6-5        250       Fr.         Nacogdoches, TX (Nacogdoches)                    Plans to major in mechanical engineering

Alex Elkins               LB       6-3        235       Jr.         Keller, TX (Blinn College)                                Shined on JUCO level despite no HS experience

David Glidden         WR      5-9        160       Fr.         Mustang, OK (Mustang)                                  Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year

Matt Green              K        6-2        225       Fr.         Lexington, KY (Lafayette)                                Logged 26 touchbacks on kickoffs

Jonovan Griffin       DB      5-11       165       Fr.         McKinney, TX (Boyd)                                       HS quarterback projects as a college CB

Lyndell Johnson       LB       6-3        190       Fr.         Plano, TX (East)                                               Member of the Texas Super Team

Miketavious Jones  DB      5-10       165       Fr.         Houston, TX (North Shore)                              Continues the North Shore-to-OSU pipeline

Ashaad Mabry         DT       6-3        290       Fr.         San Antonio, TX (MacArthur)                          DT with 75 tackles as a senior

Isaac Maselera       DB       6-0        180       Fr.         Glenpool, OK (Glenpool)                                 Reportedly timed at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash

Isaac McCoy           WR      6-0        170       Fr.         Alma, Ark. (Alma)                                           Scored 31 touchdowns as a senior

Mike Mustafa          DL       6-4        270       Fr.         Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)                                    Selected to Max Emfinger All-America Game

Nico Ornelas           LB       6-2        200       Fr.         North Richmond Hills, TX (Richland)              Had more than 200 career tackles

Desmond Roland, II ATH     6-0        185       Fr.         Dallas, TX (Lake Highlands)                            Averaged 8.7 yards per carry as a senior

Demarcus Sherod    LB       6-2        225       Fr.         Decatur, GA (Columbia)                                  Bagged 138 tackles as a senior

Ryan Simmons        LB       6-1        230       Fr.         Cibolo, TX (Steele)                                           Played in the U.S. Army All-America Game

Herschel Sims         RB       5-8        190       Fr.         Abilene, TX (Abilene)                                      Texas 5A offensive player of the year as a junior

Josh Stewart          ATH     5-10       160       Fr.         Denton, TX (Guyer)                                          Talented defensive back and receiver prospect

Alex Villareal           DT       6-4        295       Fr.         Hildalgo, TX (Hildalgo)                                    Amassed 10 quarterback sacks as a senior

Mid-Year Enrollees Currently Attending Class at OSU

Name                      Pos       Ht.        Wt.       Yr.         Hometown (School)

Michael Bowie        OL       6-5        315       Jr.         Sand Springs, OK (Page/Navarro CC)              Participated in 2009 fall camp at OSU

Kris Catlin                LB       6-1        215       Fr.         San Antonio, TX (Madison)                             Originally signed with OSU in 2010

Travis Cross             OL       6-5        270       Fr.         Plano, TX (West)                                             Had offers from Notre Dame, LSU, Nebraska, etc.

Maurice Hayes        DT       6-4        315       Jr.         Rome, GA (Pepperell/Bakersfield CC)            Two-time all-conference honoree in JUCO

Ryan Robinson        DE       6-5        250       Jr.         Buford, GA (Mill Creek/Jones County CC)       Originally signed with OSU in 2009

J.W. Walsh              QB       6-2        195       Fr.         Denton, TX (Guyer)                                          Participated in U.S. Army All-America Game

2011 Oklahoma State Signing Class By the Numbers

16 – Players currently slated for the defensive side of the ball

9 – Players from the Texas Top 100, according to

8 – Players from Georgia that will be on the roster this fall with the addition of three more in the 2011 class

7 – Newcomers projected for duty in the defensive line.

6 – Players who enrolled in January and are attending class

6 – Members of the Texas Football Super Team

5 – States that are represented in the signing class

4 – Transfers from junior/community colleges

3 – Teammates from Denton Guyer High School that signed with OSU in 2011.

2011 Signee Breakdown
Offensive Players By Position (7)

Michael Bowie – OL 
Travis Cross – OL 
Devin Davis – OL 
J.W. Walsh – QB 
Herschel Sims – RB 
David Glidden – WR 
Isaac McCoy – WR

Defensive Players By Position (16)
Jimmy Bean – DE 
Ryan Robinson – DE 
Maurice Hayes – DT 
Ashaad Mabry – DT 
Alex Villareal – DT 
James Castleman – DL 
Mike Mustafa – DL 
Kris Catlin – LB 
Alex Elkins – LB 
Lyndell Johnson – LB 
Nico Ornelas – LB 
Demarcus Sherod – LB 
Ryan Simmons – LB 
Jonovan Griffin – DB 
Miketavious Jones – DB 
Isaac Maselera – DB

Athletes (3)
Torrance Carr – ATH 
Desmond Roland, II – ATH 
Josh Stewart – ATH

Specialists (1)
Matt Green – K

From Oklahoma (3)
Michael Bowie (Sand Springs) – OL 
David Glidden (Mustang) – WR 
Isaac Maselera (Glenpool) – DB

From Texas (19)
Jimmy Bean (Denton) – DE 
Torrance Carr (Dallas) – ATH 
Kris Catlin (San Antonio) – LB 
James Castleman (Amarillo) – DL 
Travis Cross (Plano) – OL 
Devin Davis (Nacogdoches) – OL 
Alex Elkins (Keller) – LB 
Jonovan Griffin (McKinney) – DB 
Lyndell Johnson (Plano) – LB 
Miketavious Jones (Houston) – DB 
Ashaad Mabry (San Antonio) – DT 
Mike Mustafa (Katy) – DL 
Nico Ornelas (North Richmond Hills) – LB 
Desmond Roland, II (Dallas) – ATH 
Ryan Simmons (Cibolo) – LB 
Herschel Sims (Abilene) – RB 
Josh Stewart (Denton) – ATH 
Alex Villareal (Hidalgo) – DT 
J.W. Walsh (Denton) – QB

From Georgia (3)
Maurice Hayes (Rome) – DT 
Ryan Robinson (Buford) – DE 
Demarcus Sherod (Decatur) – LB

From Kentucky (1)
Matt Green (Lexington) – K

From Arkansas (1)
Isaac McCoy (Alma) – WR

Updated 02-02-2011

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