Wednesday was the first day that junior college players could sign with FBS teams, and the Cowboys added several players that should provide immediate help for next season.
OT Brandon Pertile
6-5 295 lbs | Mesa Junior College
Other Offers: Florida, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Texas Tech, Utah, South Florida, among others.
I am a Cowboy! #gopokes #okstate Stillwater is where I belong pic.twitter.com/K3NZUHh20U— Brandon Pertile (@BrandonPertile) December 17, 2014
Brandon committed to the Pokes this summer, but his season was cut short after suffering a knee injury. There was speculation heading into this week that Pertile might sign with the University of Florida. However, those rumors were quickly put to rest, as Brandon was interviewed about his decision by gopokes.com
"I felt that Oklahoma State was more of a home for me," Pertile said. "I already had good relationships with the players and the coaches that are there.
"The fact that they stayed with me after the injury weighed in, sure. When I knew they were going to honor the scholarship that was a big reassurance. There were a lot of schools though that jumped in on recruiting me even after the injury."
With a clear emphasis on the offensive line in this class, Pertile will have a chance to see significant playing time right away.
LB/S Jordan Burton
6-1 210 lbs | Kilgore Junior College
Other Offers: Memphis
It's official. @bighit20 has signed with @CowboyFB! Great addition to our program. #okstate— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 17, 2014
Jordan finished the season with 108 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, 3 fumble recovers, and 1 forced fumble playing safety. Burton will be entering a linebacker rotation that will be without senior Josh Furman next season so he should have a chance to compete for a spot on the two deep roster. Here is what ESPN has on their scouting report for Burton.
Displays good top-end speed and playing strength for a safety. Attacks the football and reacts well to both the run and pass. Flips his hips well while showing good sideline-to-sideline range. Demonstrates the ability to play the run from the deep middle or off the hash. is at his best in pursuit and when coming forward. Sound tackler.
QB/ATH Todd Mays
6-1 195 lbs | East Mississippi College
Other Offers: Missouri, Cincinnati, Memphis, Mississippi State, Iowa State and Southern Mississippi.
QB/RB Todd Mays is officially an OSU Cowboy!! Congratulations! #OkState #GoPokes #PR1DE https://t.co/cJtw3NWwJi— EMCC Athletics (@EMCCathletics) December 17, 2014
Todd Mays will be a change of pace as a dual threat QB for the Cowboys. Last season, Mays played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and kick returner. His statistics over the last few years demonstrates his versatility on offense.
Mays will most likely be behind Mason Rudolph and JW Walsh on the depth chart, but it wouldn't be out of the question to see Todd see playing time next season in special situations.
OL Matt Kellerman
6-6 290 lbs | Butler County Community College
Other Offers: Iowa State, Colorado State, Illinois, ULL, Louisville, ECU, Memphis, North Texas, among others.
It's official. @Mattk_Kellerman has signed with @CowboyFB! Welcome to the #okstate family— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) December 17, 2014
Matt was a late addition for the cowboy recruiting class, as he came to Stillwater on his final official visit last week before making his decision. Kellerman is yet another experienced offensive lineman that the Pokes will have in their rotation for next season.
Here is what ESPN has on Kellerman:
Good overall height. Displays adequate quickness and effective kick step in pass pro with ability to stay square and in front of rushers once engaged. As run blocker flashes ability to deliver a good initial pop and roll hips, with enough strength to control and steer defenders when he can get locked on.
DL Motekiai Maile
6-4 305 lbs | Tyler Junior College
Other Offers: Texas Tech, Mississippi State, TCU, SMU, Arizona State, North Texas and Utah State
Congratulations @MotekiaiMaile! Welcome to the Cowboy Family! pic.twitter.com/zH9ck4EbW2— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) December 17, 2014
Maile is the type of player that the Pokes really needed to sign at Defensive Tackle, a unit which loses anchors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau. Mokekiai finished his final season at Tyler with 54 tackles, 3 sacks, and 10 tackles for a loss.
Here is ESPN's take on Maile:
Maile has good size, strength and can be active with his hands. Needs to work to be more consistent with his technique, but displays the ability to be a good, quick contributor to a D-Line.
OT Victor Salako
6-6 329 lbs | Transfer from Alabama Birmingham
Great to see, Former UAB OL Victor Salako signed with Oklahoma St today! pic.twitter.com/IuAenEChDX— Juco Football Frenzy (@JUCOFFrenzy) December 17, 2014
Victor was a huge get for the Pokes, as he started all 23 games in the last two seasons for UAB. Salako arrived in Stillwater this week, and plans to practice with the team during the bowl preparation. Victor will almost certainly see playing time next season.