Johnson should be a good hand for them. The redshirt sophomore out of Houston Cypress Ridge is a big built 6-1, 198-pound receiver that always looked like he was ready to jump in and play an active role but never was able to earn a lot of game reps. He is a good student and will likely be a standout for the Cardinals.
Diamonte Wheeler is heading to Sam Houston State. The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle played in just two games last season, routs over Louisiana-Lafayette and Kansas.
His biggest problem was getting big enough to consistently contribute inside at the one technique on the defensive line. He is listed at 6-2, 285 pounds, but really needed to increase his girth for that nose position. At the FCS level he has the oppportunity for more playing time and success.
It is also believed that offensive lineman Gerron Anthony out of Tyler (John Tyler), Texas is going to go on medical scholarship, which does not count against the scholarship totals with the NCAA.
Anthony, who had limited participation in the spring and did not finish the spring, was involved in a auto accident going home to Tyler last fall on a weekend where the team was playing a road game and he was not on the travel squad. The redshirt sophomore had injuries that have compromised his ability to contribute.
A cousin of Tyler native and college football and NFL Hall of Fame standout Earl Campbell, Anthony will still be able to go to school and get his degree.
If you look at most schools, Oklahoma State has lost below the average in normal attrition following last season. There are schools, including some in the Big 12, that have lost double digit numbers of players outside those graduating. Attrition is a normal part of college football, and Cowboys fans should wish Johnson and Wheeler success at their new schools and wish Anthony success in the classroom.
Those three scholarships would take Oklahoma State up over 20 as far as numbers that the Cowboys could use in recruiting for the 2013 recruiting class.