Cowboys Pull In Memorial Day Prize

Attention has been picking up virtually every day throughout the spring evaluation period in Killeen, Texas for safety Deric Robertson. Schools like TCU, Texas A&M, Houston, North Texas, Tulsa and Texas came in to check out Robertson. So did Oklahoma State and it appears that the Cowboys made a strong impression as Robertson committed to the Cowboys on Sunday.

"Their coaches are real good people, and by going to Oklahoma State I will be going somewhere a little out of my element, and they promised me a good family atmosphere," said Robertson. "That is what I see there with the coaches and the players, a real good family atmosphere.They are all good people and that is what I noticed."

Robertson said he saw Oklahoma State when he lived in Oklahoma.

"I lived there for three to four years, in Lawton," added Robertson, who informed us that his mother and father are both retired military which makes Memorial Day the perfect weekend for him to commit to college.

The first thing you notice is Robertson has excellent size at 6-2, 185 pounds, which would project to 6-2 and close to 200 pounds in college.

The second thing you notice when you put on video is the young man has no problem making tackles. He had over 90 of them last season as a junior, and whether it is coming up to support the run defense, pursuing across the field, or a receiver in his area, the tackle gets made. He's old school in that he puts his head and shoulders into the midsection of the ball carrier.

He has good speed and really equates to more of a strong safety prospect. As far as his speed, several sources report 4.5 which is almost a stock time for players in the secondary in Texas. ESPN's recruiting site is reporting a confirmed 4.34 in the forty.

Besides making over 90 tackles last season Robertson also had three forced fumbles, six passes broken up, and an interception.

Killeen made it to the third week of the UIL Texas playoffs before losing to Wichita Falls Rider, 32-24. The Kangaroos finished 8-5.

Robertson said despite a class jump that he thinks the Roos will be good again. "A lot of people don't think we will be pretty good because of moving up a class against new teams," said Robertson. "I think we will do well against everybody in our area and make the playoffs again. We've been working hard and I think we have a good team."

Robertson added that he got in touch with Oklahoma State safeties coach Van Malone and told him about his decision to commit to the Cowboys, and then Malone told him he needed to call head coach Mike Gundy to tell him. Doug Meacham has that area and has also been a part of the recruiting effort on Robertson.

He becomes the fourth commitment for Oklahoma State, joining wide receivers Fred Ross of Tyler and Marcel Ateman of Wylie East, both in Texas. The other commitment is St. Louis offensive lineman Jack Kurzu of Mary Institute and Country Day School.

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