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Position: Defensive tackle Height: 6-3 Weight: 205 High school: Sequoyah (Tahlequah) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: after flirting briefly with OU in September, Littlehead announced his Oklahoma State commitment. Immediate impact: if Littlehead is redshirted as expected, it would give him a year to work on his speed and footwork.
STEPHEN MAEWEATHER Position: Middle linebacker Height: 6-2 Weight: 215 High school: Sharpstown (Houston) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: in June, Maeweather became the first defensive player on OSU’s 2010 commitment list. He chose the Cowboys over UCLA, Baylor, Missouri, Houston, Purdue, Texas Tech, and TCU. Immediate impact: if Maeweather were to weigh 225-235 by the start of August camp, it would enhance his chance at playing this year.
MALCOLM MURRAY Click here to watch recruiting video Position: Cornerback Height: 6-2 Weight: 210 Junior college: Mt. San Antonio College (Calif.) High school: Junipero Serra, San Mateo, Calif. Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 4 stars Fast fact: The graduation of Perrish Cox and Terrance Anderson, along with a serious neck injury sustained by Andrew McGee, left the Cowboys extremely thin at corner. The coaches were thrilled to find Murray, who already is enrolled at OSU. Immediate impact: when spring practice begins on March 8, Murray – the only junior-college transfer in the 2010 class – will be on the field with the no. 1 defense.
MONTRA NELSON Position: Wide receiver Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 High school: Bowie (Arlington, Texas) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: On Feb. 28, Nelson and his parents were in Stillwater for a Junior Day tour of Oklahoma State’s football facilities. The next day, he announced his commitment to the Cowboys. Immediate impact: in high school, Nelson was a big, physical slot receiver. That kind of pass-catcher will get immediate consideration in Dana Holgorsen’s quick-strike spread attack.
JOSEPH OKAFOR Position: Defensive end Height: 6-6 Weight: 250 High school: Bellaire, Texas Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: after watching a Bellaire game last season, a recruiting scout wrote that Okafor “constantly (got) pressure on the quarterback. … He might be better suited for the inside, where his long arms could cause problems on any passes down the middle.” Immediate impact: Whether he is used at end or tackle, Okafor will be given a chance to play his way into the rotation.
JOSEPH RANDLE Click here to watch recruiting video Position: Running back Height: 6-0 Weight: 190 High school: Southeast (Wichita, Kan.) Scout ranking: 4 stars Rivals ranking: 4 stars Fast fact: Rated by Scout as the nation’s no. 21 running back prospect, Randle committed to OSU in October. New Kansas coach Turner Gill attempted to attract Randle to Lawrence, but Randle stuck to his Cowboy decision. Immediate impact: in spite of joining the deepest and most talented returning position group in the OSU program, Randle says he wants to earn immediate playing time.
TOMMIE SAUNDERS Click here to watch recruiting video Position: Safety Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 High school: Madison (San Antonio) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: after an expected scholarship offer from Texas A&M didn’t come, Saunders committed to Oklahoma State in August. Immediate impact: The 2010 season likely is a redshirt period for Saunders. when he grows to 210 pounds or beyond, he could be ideal for OSU’s star linebacker position.
NATE SORENSON Position: Quarterback Height: 6-4 Weight: 205 High school: Texas High (Texarkana) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: Sorenson is an outstanding all-around athlete who ran the third leg of Texas High’s 2009 state championship 4-by-200 relay team. He also played center field for Texas High’s state title baseball team. Immediate impact: A lefty, Sorenson doesn’t arrive in Stillwater until June. He’ll be behind Brandon Weeden and Johnny Deaton in terms of learning the new offense, but has the talent to make it interesting in August.
LARRY STEPHENS Position: Cornerback Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 High school: North Shore (Galena Park, Texas) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: former Cowboy QB Bobby Reid attended North Shore. The 2007 Reid controversy apparently didn’t hurt OSU’s relationship with the school. from North Shore, the Cowboys have signed two cornerbacks – Andrae may last year and now Stephens. Immediate impact: Because Bill Young is so anxious to develop depth, all Cowboy cornerbacks – including a rookie like Stephens – will be given the chance to play this season.
JAVIUS TOWNSEND Position: Offensive tackle Height: 6-4 Weight: 280 High school: Madison (Dallas) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: Townsend rescinded his Texas Tech commitment after Mike Leach was fired in Lubbock. after visiting OSU on Jan. 22-23, Townsend committed to the Cowboys. Immediate impact: Line coach Joe Wickline hasn’t been afraid to use freshmen, but Townsend may need to add 25 pounds before he becomes a factor at tackle.
DIAMONTE WHEELER Position: Defensive tackle Height: 6-2 Weight: 255 High school: Bowie (Arlington, Texas) Scout ranking: 3 stars Rivals ranking: 3 stars Fast fact: Wheeler says a significant factor in his commitment was that his parents had a positive relationship with OSU assistant coach Doug Meacham. Immediate impact: if Wheeler remains at a tackle position, he’ll need more bulk. A redshirt season seems likely.