Signing Day: Meet the Class of 2013
Corion Webster of Atlanta, Texas
Corion Webster of Atlanta, Texas

Posted Feb 6, 2013


Whether Oklahoma State is competing for Big 12 championships in the future will depend largely on how the newest members of the Cowboys football team perform over the next three or four years. Here is a look at each of the players who signed on Wednesday with the Cowboys, including Robert Allen's analysis of how soon fans can expect each player to make contributions on the field.

Marcell Ateman, WR
6-4, 190, 4.5
Wylie (East), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-265 lbs. Squat-405 lbs. Vertical-37 inches
Statistics: Sr.-84 catches for 1,582 yds, 18.8-ypr, 27 TDs; Jr.-67 catches for 1,047 yds, 15.6-ypr, 10 TDs; Soph.-32 catches for 479 yds, 15.0-ypr, 6 TDs.
Football Honors: Sr.-2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl participant, SuperPrep Pr-Season All-Southwest (#41 Texas Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top 300 National Recruits (#199 and 4-stars), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Receivers (#25), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Wide Receivers, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, AP Sports Editor’s Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention, Dallas Morning News All-Area 1st Team, All-District 13-4A 1st Team WR; Jr.-AP Sports Editor’s Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention, Texas Sports Writer’s Association Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention, All-District 10-4A 1st Team WR, (Basketball) All-District 10-4A 2nd-Team; Soph.-(Basketball) District 10-4A Newcomer of the Year.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, East Carolina, Houston, Iowa State, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Virginia, Washington State.
You Need to Know: Ateman and his scheduled college roommate Ra’Shaad Samples had a wager on who caught the most touchdown passes their senior season, and the winner gets to choose which bedroom they want in the apartment.
Immediate Analysis: With his size and his continued learning and maturing process as a receiver, Ateman has an immediate chance to play and impact. He is just so big, so fast, and so athletic he creates a bad match-up against most corners or safeties.


Dawson Bassett, OLB
6-4, 220, 4.7
Tuttle, Okla.
Athletic Information: Bench-280 lbs. Squat-440 lbs. Vertical-35 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-106 total tackles, 4 sacks, 3 interceptions, 32 catches, 780 yards and 11 TDs; Jr.-4 TDs scored on offense and 2 interceptions on defense.
Football Honors: Sr.-Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State 1st Team, Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 3A All-State 1st Team, The Oklahoman All-State Honorable Mention, The Oklahoman Little All-City 1st Team, All-District 3A-1 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Missouri, Kansas, Texas Tech, North Texas.
You Need to Know: Dawson was coached early on by older brother Cooper and has a very similar attitude as his older brother.
Immediate Analysis: He is so athletic and comes in with a good size frame that he might be able to help quickly with special teams being the first option. The real bonus is he could be trained and coached up to fit into several places on the two deep, as versatile a big athlete as you could really find.

Link: 10 Questions with Dawson Bassett



Rennie Childs, RB
5-10, 180, 4.45
Houston (Cypress Ridge), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-280 lbs. Squat-400 lbs. Vertical-33 inches
Statistics: Sr.-213 carries for 1,945 yards and 19 TDs, 9.1-ypc, 11 catches for 193 yards and 2 TDs, 17.5-ypr; Jr.-212 carries for 1,453 yards and 12 TDs, 6.9-ypc, 6 catches for 52 yards, 8.7-ypr.
Football Honors: Sr.- Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Running Backs (#106), AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention, Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston 2nd Team, All-District 17-5A 1st Team; Jr.-Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston Honorable Mention, All-District 17-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: TCU, Oregon, Colorado State, Houston, Utah State.
You Need to Know: Childs has compiled all these rushing numbers the past two seasons playing in a spread pass offense.
Immediate Analysis: He fits the bill for a back in the Oklahoma State offense, and he has a general understanding of the spread, including pass protection. His physical transition will be the barometer as to how soon he contributes. He also has a frame that might allow him to top out around 200 pounds.


Zach Crabtree, OL
6-7, 260, 5.1
Mansfield, Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-285 lbs. Squat-400 lbs. Vertical-22 inches (Note: These are junior numbers and Crabtree now uses 285 lbs. on his bench press as a workout weight.)
Statistics: NA
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Offensive Tackles (#72 and 3-Stars), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Offensive Linemen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team 2nd Team, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, All-District 7-5A 1st Team; Jr.-All-District 5-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Baylor, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, San Diego State, SMU, Texas Tech, Washington State.
You Need to Know: He has put on more than 25 pounds from the time he made his commitment last May to signing day.
Immediate Analysis: Crabtree so looks the part and is athletic to go with being big. He is exactly the kind of offensive tackle you need in this Oklahoma State offense as he should end up being versatile and mobile. I dare say he is a move up the ladder in the type of players Wickline has been taking in to build the offensive line.

Link: 10 Questions with Zach Crabtree
Link: Zach Crabtree: His Coach’s Take



Darius Curry, CB
6-1, 190, 4.53
Flowery Branch, Ga.
Athletic Information: Bench: NA Squat: NA Vertical: 33 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-41 total tackles, 1 interception, 443 yards of total offense with 4 TDs; Jr.-47 unassisted tackles, fumble.recovery.
Football Honors: Sr.- 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl selection, USA Football International Bowl selection, SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Southeast (#33 Georgia Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Cornerbacks Prospect (#78 and 3-Stars), Gainesville Times All-Area 2nd Team (all-purpose), East-West Metro Atlanta All-Star Game selection; Jr.-Georgia Junior Stars Game participant.
Other Schools Recruited By: Louisville, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Central Florida, Western Kentucky.
You Need to Know: He’s a coach’s son as well as brother of current Cowboys wide receiver C.J. Curry. His father, Felix Curry, is defensive coordinator at Flowery Branch H.S. and was a four-year starting safety in college. Little brother, Justin, is an All-Area running back at Flowery Branch as a sophomore. This is truly a football family!
Immediate Analysis: Size, speed and athleticism to go along with football IQ, Curry could be an impact player on the depth chart and should be a help on special teams too.

Link: 10 Questions with Darius Curry
Link: Darius Curry: His Coach’s Take



Tre Flowers, S
6-3, 180, 4.45
Converse (Judson), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-280 lbs. Squat-385 lbs. Vertical-33 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-76 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 interceptions, 1 pass defended; Jr.-55 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 interceptions (TD), 4 passes defended.
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Safeties Prospect (#32 and 3-Stars), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 25 Defensive Backs, AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention, San Antonio Express-News Super Team 1st Team, All-District 25-5A 1st Team; Jr.-All-District 25-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arizona State, BYU, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Purdue, Tulsa, Utah.
You Need to Know: Comes from athletic family with his older brother playing football at Langston and older sister playing basketball at South Florida.
Immediate Analysis: He has good size and good cover skills coming out of a very strong high school program that played high level competition, so at his position that means he gets an immediate look. His level of physical maturity and ability to handle the upgrade in competition are the major factors on how rapidly he plays.

Link: 10 Questions with Tre Flowers



Brandon Garrett, OT
6-6, 295
Trinity Valley CC/Deer Park, Texas
Athletic Information: NA
Statistics: NA
Football Honors: Soph.(JC)-Fox Sports/Scout.com 2-Star Prospect, Southwest Junior College Football Conference Honorable Mention All-Conference; Sr.(HS)-All District 22-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio.
You Need to Know: He was the tallest and the most athletic of a pretty stout offensive line at Trinity Valley last fall.
Immediate Analysis: Garrett gets the advantage of coming in and being around for the spring semester and getting the jump on some very talented tackle prospects coming out of high school. The proof and the results will come from how quickly he adjusts to the competition at this level. He does have a redshirt year available.


Ben Grogan, K
6-0, 175
Arlington (Martin), Texas
Statistics: Sr.-FG 9-of-11 (56 long), PAT 40-of-40 (one drop kick), 40.3 punt avg; Jr-FG 8-of-10 (52 long), PAT 25-of-25.
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com 2-Star Prospect, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects (only kicker), AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 1st Team (kicker) and Honorable Mention (punter), Dallas Morning News All-Area 1st Team, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team 1st Team (kicker and punter), Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, District 3-5A Special Teams MVP, All-District 3-5A 1st Team; Jr.- AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 1st Team, All-District 4-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Memphis.
You Need to Know: Grogan had pretty stiff competition at his own high school as he shared the kicking job as a sophomore and junior with current TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom.
Immediate Analysis: Are you kidding me? The young man nailed an extra point in high school using the old drop-kick style. Grogan is talented and can also punt. The biggest question early on may be on how much to give him to chew on. He may have to punt and the Cowboys have a reliable kicker in Bobby Stonebraker, who also can handle kickoffs.


Ofa Hautau, DT
6-2, 290, 5.14
Snow Community College/Salt Lake City (East), Utah
Statistics: Soph.-41 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks; Fr.-20 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks; HS Sr.-57 total tackles, 17 sacks, 1 safety, 1 interception; Jr.-36 total tackles, 4 sacks.
Football Honors: JC Soph.-NJCAA All-American 1st Team, J.C. Gridwire All-American 1st Team, Western States Football League Defensive Player of the Year, Western States Football League All-Conference 1st Team, Scout JC Football Top 100 Prospects; HS Sr.-Deseret News Utah 4A All-State 1st Team, Salt Lake City Tribune All-State 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, Hawaii, Nebraska.
You Need to Know: Credit new defensive line graduate assistant Eric Henderson for this one. Henderson coached at Georgia Military last season and they played Snow in the second game of the season, and Hautau made a strong impression on Henderson that he acted on when he came to Oklahoma State.
Immediate Analysis: Hautau made NJCAA All-American for two reasons that are clear see on tape going back to when he played East High School in Salt Lake City. The young man is relentless and never gives up on a play. He simply plays to the whistle as hard as he can each play, and that will lead to a lot of good things. The other trait is he has excellent feet and change of direction for a big man. Many times he is blocked and caught leaning the wrong way only to make a correction and make a play, often times still behind the line of scrimmage. He will be on the Cowboys’ depth chart as soon as he acclimates.


Benjamin "Ben" Hughes, DT
6-3, 300, NA
Waco (University), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-380 lbs. Squat-520 lbs. Vetical-25 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-; Jr.-87 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6 sacks.
Football Honors: Sr.- SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Southwest (#92 Texas Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Defensive Tackles (#34 and 3-Stars), USA Football International Bowl participant, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Defensive Linemen, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, All-District 8-4A Honorable Mention; Jr.-Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Juniors, Waco Herald-Tribune Super CenTex 1st Team, All-District 8-4A 1st Team; Soph.-All-District 8-4A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Tulsa.
You Need to Know: He has one of the best attitudes of any recruit that I’ve ever spoken to. He is extremely polite and respectful which tells me he has been brought up very well at home.
Immediate Analysis: On the field he plays with a very strong and angry presence. When he is blocked on a play the offensive lineman or linemen pay a physical price for it. Like his new teammate in Vincent Taylor, he is physically mature for a high school senior to college freshman transition. The weight room and adding strength are critical for Hughes.

Link: 10 Questions with Ben Hughes



Jack Kurzu, OL
6-5, 310, 5.4
St. Louis (Mary Institute and Country Day), Mo.
Athletic Information: Bench-310 lbs. Squat-605 lbs. Vertical-NA.
Statistics: NA
Football Honors: Sr.-SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Midlands (#25 Midlands Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Offensive Guards (#40 and 3-Stars), USA Football International Bowl participant, St. Louis Metro All-League Honorable Mention; Jr.-Missouri Class 4 Coach’s All-State 1st Team, Missouri Sportswriters Class 4 All-State 1st Team, St. Louis Post-Dispatch All Metro 1st Team, St. Louis Metro All-League 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Ball State, Florida, Troy.
You Need to Know: He is a very rare four-year starter on high school varsity as an offensive lineman.
Immediate Analysis: He would project as a redshirt as a freshman except you have to pay attention to his size and his strength numbers as well as the fact that he played four years of high school varsity football. The private school situation likely adds up to less than the caliber of competition at a Texas Class 5A situation so that has to be measured and will be in August camp.

Link: 10 Questions with Jack Kurzu
Link: Jack Kurzu: His Coach’s Take



Vili Leveni, DE
6-4, 260, 4.69
Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-300 lbs. Squat-NA Vertical-30 inches
Statistics: Sr.-41 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 pass defended; Jr.-38 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Defensive Ends (#68 and 3-Stars), Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team 1st Team, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, All-District 6-5A 1st Team; Jr.-All-District 6-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Utah State, Utah, Boise State, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana-Lafayette, Mississippi State, North Texas, Rice.
You Need to Know: Leveni is very loyal and comes from a big family with five sister and two brothers.
Immediate Analysis: He has gone through a growth spurt and his frame has really filled out. The early summer months will be important for Leveni. If he can strengthen that new bigger frame then he will have a chance to possibly work in early as he will be one of the biggest of the new defensive end candidates.

Link: Vili Leveni: His Coach’s Take



Taylor Lewis, CB
5-11 ½, 180, 4.5
DeSoto, Texas

Athletic Information: Bench-210 lbs. Squat-375 lbs. Vertical-36 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-52 total tackles, 4 interceptions; Jr.-18 total tackles, 12 unassisted tackles.
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Cornerbacks (#104 and 3-Stars), Dallas Morning News All-Area 2nd Team, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, All-District 7-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Kansas, TCU, Washington State.
You Need to Know: Lewis originally committed to Kansas, and he made his first major splash getting noticed at the 7-on-7 State Championship.
Immediate Analysis: Lewis kept improving throughout the course of the high school season and by the time the playoffs came around he was one of the best defenders on the Eagles team. He is a true cover corner with the potential to hone those kind of skills. He is also very physical for his size. He packs a punch. He could impact quickly on special teams and I would not rule out him playing early as he has a lot of determination and that can carry a young player at that position a long way.


Jerel Morrow, CB
6-1, 180, 4.45
Emporia, Kan.
Athletic Information: Bench-260 lbs. Squat-400 lbs. Vertical-38 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-38 catches for 726 yards and 5 TDs; Jr.-26 catches for 638 yards, 24.5-ypr, 10 TDs, 24 tackles, 2 interceptions.
Football Honors: Sr.- 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl participant, SuperPrep Pre-Season All-American (#10 WR Prospect and #9 Midlands Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Wide Receivers (#78 and 3-Stars), Varsity Kansas Class 5A All-State 1st Team (WR), Kansas Sports.com All Classes and Class 5A All-State (WR), KPreps Class 5A All-State 1st Team (DB), KPreps 2nd 11 Top Players in Kansas, Topeka Capitol-Journal Class 5A All-State 1st Team (DB), All-Centennial League 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Missouri.
You Need to Know: He is a double-digit scorer in basketball and is also a standout in track.
Immediate Analysis: Morrow is a very gifted athlete as evidenced by his making All-State teams in Kansas on both sides of the ball. He has excellent agility, great hips for turn from back pedal into dead run, and really good ball skills. His basketball skills translate really well to football. He will have a chance to play quickly because of physical skills that lend to playing cornerback, and he is a bright and smart player.

Link: Jerel Morrow: His Coach’s Take



Naim Mustafaa, DE
6-4, 235, 4.7
Alpharetta, Ga.
Statistics: Sr.-45 total tackles (27 unassisted), 6 sacks, 1 fumble caused; Jr.-50 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8 sacks.
Football Honors: Sr.- SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Southeast (#21 Georgia Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout-com Top 300 National Prospects (#265 and 4-Stars), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Defensive Ends (#28), Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Area (North Fulton Co.) Team 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Georgia, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech.
You Need to Know: Everybody in his family has played college football, and his father played eight seasons in the NFL.
Immediate Analysis: He played his high school football in a top flight high school that produces and plays against schools that produce a lot of Division I college talent. Given the head start in the spring, he will have every chance to show he can fill a line on the depth chart at a position that is wide open and needs depth for next season. His early arrival and what he does with it is the key for his freshman season.


Deric Robertson, S
6-3, 203, 4.4
Killeen, Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-335 lbs. Squat-510 lbs. Vertical-NA.
Statistics: Sr.-54 total tackles, 2 interceptions (one returned for TD), 5 fumbles caused, 1 fumble recovery; Jr.-90 tackles, interception, 6 passes defended, 3 fumble caused.
Football Honors: Sr.-USA Football International Bowl participant, Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Safeties Prospects (#79 and 3-Stars), Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, All-District 8-4A 1st Team; Jr.-All-District 8-4A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Houston, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa.
You Need to Know: Robertson is the son of two Army veterans, which means he understands a lot about urgency and pressure on an athletic field and off.
Immediate Analysis: There is something in the water in Killeen and Rob Glass may want to find the aquifer that Robertson drinks from and pipe in some of that water. The young man has exploded size-wise in his senior season, and with that size has a chance to play quickly. A big hard-hitting safety is just what the OSU coaching staff is looking for in the secondary, and that is Robertson’s reputation from high school.

Link: 10 Questions with Deric Robertson



Jesse Robinson, OL
6-6 ½, 285, 5.17
Hurst (L.D. Bell), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-340 lbs. Squat-450 lbs. Vertical: 28 inches.
Statistics: NA
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Offensive Tackles (#84 and 3-Stars), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Offensive Linemen, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, All-District 6-5A 2nd Team; Jr.-Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Juniors, All-District 6-5A 2nd Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arkansas State, Houston, Kansas State, Nevada, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe.
You Need to Know: Robinson is an athletic big man that fits the Wickline profile for an offensive tackle.
Immediate Analysis: Almost assuredly a redshirt his first season but Robinson has all the right traits and measurables to become a strong offensive tackle candidate.

Link: 10 Questions with Jesse Robinson
Link: Jesse Robinson: HIs Coach’s Take



Jaxon Salinas, OL
6-4, 300, 5.3
Irving, Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-320 lbs. Squat-380 lbs. Vertical-24 inches.
Statistics: NA
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Offensive Guards (#63 and 3-Stars), AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 2nd Team, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, All-District 6-5A 1st Team; Jr.-All-District 6-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, New Mexico State, Rice, San Diego State.
You Need to Know: He has a younger brother that is somewhat of a mini me, and he will likely turn out to be a really good lineman as well.
Immediate Analysis: He will almost definitely redshirt, but he has lots of ability and strength. He projects as a future offensive guard but could get a look at center.

Link: 10 Questions with Jaxon Salinas



Ra'Shaad Samples, WR
5-11, 170, 4.44
Dallas (Skyline), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-280 lbs. Squat-345 lbs. Vertical-35 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-62 catches for 1,072 yards and 23 TDs; Jr.-65 catches for 1,369 yards and 19 TDs.
Football Honors: Sr.-Nike Football “The Opening” participant, Under-Armour All-American Game participant, SuperPrep Pre-Season All-American (#23 WR Prospect and #19 Texas Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top 300 National Prospects (#180 and 4-Stars), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Wide Receivers (#29), Texas Football Magazine Super Team 3rd Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Wide Receivers, Dallas Morning News Top 100 Dallas-Area Recruits, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 2nd Team, Dallas Morning News All-Area 1st Team, District 9-5A Offensive MVP, All-District 9-5A 1st Team; Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Juniors, Jr.-Texas Sports Writer’s Association Class 5A All-State 2nd Team, AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 2nd Team, Dallas Morning News All-Area 1st Team, All-District 9-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: USC, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Arizona State, Baylor, California, Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Purdue, SMU, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington State, West Virginia.
You Need to Know: He has overcome serious leg injuries on two different occasions, and he has proven a strong mental toughness in doing so. Going into last season it was a broken foot suffered in the spring. He made it back for the season and that shows a lot about his toughness.
Immediate Analysis: Samples has good size and really good speed, but the talent that stands out the most about him and is his ability to control his body in mid-air. When you can do that, then you have a great chance of being in the best position to make a play on the ball. Combine that with his hands and his ability to understand the game and Samples is a special playmaker. He should be able to contribute fast.


Jordan Sterns, DB
6-0, 190, 4.49
Cibolo (Steele), Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-285 lbs. Squat-490 lbs. Vertical-36 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-58 total tackles, 6 interceptions (2 returned for TDs), fumble recovery (returned for TD), 2 punt returns for TDs, 5 rushing TDs.
Football Honors: Sr.-Fox Sports/Scout.com Top 300 National Prospects (#300 and 4-Stars), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Safeties (#30), Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 1st Team, San Antonio Express-News Super-Team 1st Team (defensive back and return specialist), District 28-5A Defensive MVP, All-District 28-5A 1st Team; Jr.-Texas Football Magazine Top 100 Juniors, All-District 25-5A 2nd Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Baylor, Iowa State, Memphis, Texas Tech.
You Need to Know: Sterns is a workout machine who hits the weight room for fun when he doesn’t have anything else to do.
Immediate Analysis: This guy is the equivalent of a gym rat, and honestly reminds me of a Keiton Page or Phil Forte-type of basketball player. He really puts a lot into football and as you can easily see he produces a lot. Don’t be surprised to see him on the field as a freshman, certainly on special teams but also possibly a good amount in the secondary.

Link: 10 Questions with Jordan Sterns



Vincent Taylor, DT
6-3, 270, 4.91
San Antonio (Madison), Texas

Athletic Information: Bench-405 lbs. Squat-485 lbs. Vertical-27 inches.
Statistics: Sr.-124 total tackles (79 unassisted), 20 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, fum. caused; Jr.- 144 total tackles, 14 sacks.
Football Honors: Sr.-Offense-Defense All-American Bowl participant, USA Football International Bowl selection, SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Southwest (#43 Texas Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Defensive Tackles (#33 and 3-Stars), Texas Football Magazine Super Team 1st Team, Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 30 Defensive Linemen, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 1st Team, San Antonio Express-News Super-Team 1st Team, All-District 26-5A 1st Team; Jr.-AP Sports Editor’s Class 5A All-State 1st Team, Texas Sports Writer’s Association Class 5A All-State 1st Team, San Antonio Express-News Area Player of the Year, San Antonio Express-News Super-Team 1st Team, All-District 26-5A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Baylor, Houston, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt.
You Need to Know: Taylor also likes to think his way through situations on the field. He plays a mental game with his offensive line opponents.
Immediate Analysis: Taylor is a very physical player who uses his strength but also shows that he has paid close attention to his coaches as he does some special things in the way of technique. He uses his hands well, and he also plays hard and shows great enthusiasm, which is sometimes hard to do play after play in the middle of the trenches. He is a rare high school defensive tackle recruit that could factor immediately.


Corion Webster, RB
5-11 1/2, 190, 4.45
Atlanta, Texas
Statistics: Sr.- 221 carries for 1,718 yards and 13 TDs, 7.8-ypc; Jr.-220 carries for 1,865 yards and 24 TDs, 8.5-ypc.
Football Honors: Sr.-SuperPrep Pre-Season All-Southwest (#86 Texas Prospect), Fox Sports/Scout.com Top National Running Backs (#45 and 3-Stars), Texas Football Magazine Top 300 Prospects, Texas Football Magazine Top 20 Running Backs, Waco Herald-Tribune Top 100 Texas Recruits, AP Sports Editor’s Class 3A All-State Honorable Mention, All-East Texas 1st Team, District 13-3A Offensive MVP, All-District 13-3A 1st Team; Jr.-Texas Sports Writer’s Association Class 3A All-State Honorable Mention, District 15-3A Offensive MVP, All-District 15-3A 1st Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arizona State, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech.
You Need to Know: His coach says he is very reliable and tell him something once and that is all you will have to do.
Immediate Analysis: Webster’s natural abilities just take over on the field, and he has also proven his toughness this past season battling back from injury to have the kind of season he had. His immediate play will come down to the annual freshman days of August camp. OSU’s staff will keep an eye on the freshmen running backs when the pads are put on in August, and the guy ready to make plays and steps up usually sees some action throughout the season.

Link: Corion Webster: His Coach’s Take



Sam Wren, DE
6-3, 260, 4.6
Arizona Western (J.C.)/Palestine, Texas
Athletic Information: Bench-320 lbs. Squat-500 lbs. Vertical-32 inches.
Statistics: Soph. (JC)-58 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, 2 fum. recovered, 1 fumble caused, 4 passes broken up, safety; Fr. (JC)-21 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, sack, fumble caused; Sr. (HS)-51 total tackles, 4 sacks.
Football Honors: Soph.(JC)-Western States Football League All-Conference 1st Team, El Toro Bowl Defensive MVP (12 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, sack); Sr.(HS) All-District 22-3A 2nd Team.
Other Schools Recruited By: Arizona State, Arkansas, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Washington State.
You Need to Know: Sam’s father is a preacher, and God has been his motivating force in improving as a football player and a student.
Immediate Analysis: He gets the spring to show what he’s got, and the hope is that it will be plenty. A key will be the work in offseason with Rob Glass. Wren really needs to flash the signs that he is ready to play. Keep an eye on the match of Wren and new defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements, and don’t be surprised if that relationship helps ramp up Wren’s progress.


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 -by FOXSportsRecruiting.com  Feb 6, 2013

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