The Oklahoma State coaching staff got some great news on Thursday, as 5'9" 160 lb cornerback Malik Kearse out of Fort Smith Community college has committed to play for the Pokes
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Originally from Opa-Locka, Florida, Kearse missed his senior year at Monsignor Pace High School with an elbow injury. The setback resulted in a lack of recruiting interest by Division I colleges, but that didn't detour Malik from chasing his dream of playing college ball. After recovering from his injury, Kearse tried out for Fort Smith Community College and made the squad.
As a freshman, Malik finished the season with 37 tackles and two interceptions, and his play earned him Honorable Mention All-Jayhawk honors as a corner. Kearse drew interest from the Cowboys after the season was over, and recently received and offer from OSU that he couldn't pass up.
Malik talked about his commitment with GoPokes.com his decision to play for Oklahoma State.
"You know I felt comfortable with the way their coaches came at me," Kearse said. "You know my favorite receiver is Dez Bryant. I knew that Justin Gilbert went there and was a first-round NFL Draft pick.
Kearse is currently not rated on any of the major sites, but it is still early in the recruiting year for 2016 so I expect him to be rated as we get closer to the summer. Malik is the 2nd commit for the 2015 class, joining Booker T. Washington running back Justice Hill. Check out his highlights from Hudl.