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Defensive Line

DE Jonathan Marshall (6'3" 250 pounds)

Shepherd HS, Shepherd, TX
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL SCK FF FR
71 17 10 5 --

Marshall, originally a TCU commit, flipped to OSU in mid-August. According to scout.com, Marshall is a top 10 defensive end in the state of Texas. Marshall has impressive quickness for a big man, and he's able to use that quickness to maneuver himself around slower offensive lineman. He does have power, which he showed in his stellar season performance in 2015, but he will need to gain some more muscle to be able to compete in this league. Here are his highlights from Shepherd High's game against Madisonville High Last October:

DE Tralund Webber (6'5, 250 pounds)

Blinn JC, Brenham, TX
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL SCK FF FR
35 9 6 2 1

Along with Marshall, the Cowboys nabbed another athletic DE recruit in JUCO prospect and former Minnesota commit Tralund Webber. 247Sports has Webber as the No. 7 JUCO recruit out of the state of Texas. The former Second-Team All-State prospect flipped his decision in late November. Webber brings immediate experience to a position that is losing its two starters from 2015. Similar to Marshall, Webber will have to bulk up his 250 lb. frame, but the pair could very well be the Cowboys' D-lineman of the future.

DT Cameron Murray (6'3, 285 pounds)

Bryant HS, Bryant, AR
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL SCK FF FR
34 11 3 1 --

Along with OSU sophomore Darrion Daniels, Cameron Murray has the potential to be the Cowboys' next best defensive tackle. Scout.com has Murray as this recruiting class' No. 4 DT recruit coming out of Arkansas. The 285-pounder was able to use his sheer strength to run over offensive lineman as a senior. He also showed his ability to shrug off blockers, either from the nose or end position. With the size already there, Murray has the greatest potential out of the Cowboys' current DL commits.

Linebackers

OLB Amen Ogbongbemiga (6'0, 203 pounds)

Notre Dame HS, Calgary, AB
Three Star Recruit

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Amen Ogbongbemiga, a Calgary, Alberta prospect, has made a name for himself as one of the top prospects in the province. Ogbongbemiga already has a connection to Oklahoma State, as his second cousin Emmanuel Ogbah just declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. Ogbongbemiga has exceptional lateral quickness and an impressive blend of tackle and coverage ability. Watch the highlights for yourself; there's no doubt that the kid is a real talent.

OLB Devin Harper (6'2, 207)

Karns HS, Knoxeville, TN
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL SCK FF FR INT
45 5.5 2 2 1 2


Harper, the Cowboys' lone Tennessee commit, played a number of positions in high school. In fact, the senior athlete had a 346, four touchdown performance last season. However, Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer recruited Harper specifically for defense. Looking at his size, Harper will probably be placed at the "star" linebacker position, as he is listed as an outside linebacker on scout.com.

Secondary

CB A.J. Green (6'0, 170 pounds)

De Soto HS, DeSoto, TX
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL PD INT
45 -- 25 3


Green, who is not to be mixed up with Cincinatti Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, was an early addition to the Cowboy recruiting class. He is the teammate of fellow Cowboy commit La'Darren Brown and former teammate of current Cowboy Chris Lacy. Green has good size for a corner, and he enters a position that loses their best player in Kevin peterson.

CB Rodarius Williams (6'0, 171 pounds)

Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, LA
Three Star Recruit
2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL PD INT
38 -- 5 4

Louisiana cornerback Rodarius Williams brings a similar size and speed to the cornerback position.  Many believed that Williams was on his way to the Sooners, but he decided to commit to OSU in April of 2015. Williams has solid football IQ; he not only has the ability to cover the ball through the air, but he can also come up and make the tackle on the perimeter.

Madre Harper (6'3, 167)

Lamar HS, Arlington, TX

Three Star Recruit

2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL PD INT
37 -- 2 --

Madre Harper is the most physical corner of OSU's 2016 class. Harper is able to use his large frame to his advantage, often laying big hits on unprepared wide receivers or running backs. There is a reason that his Hudl highlight tape is called "Senior Violent Highlights". Harper will need to improve on his ball skills, but if he can improve in coverage, he will be able to cover like a corner and tackle like a linebacker.

Malik Kearse (5'10, 170 pounds)

Fort Scott C.C., Opa Locka, FL

Three Star Recruit

2015-2016 Stats
TOT TFL PD INT
29 1 7 --

Despite his size, Malik Kearse has exceptional ball skills and he excels in defending the pass, particularly in press coverage. Kearse comes to the Cowboys by way of Fort Scott Community College. He had a stellar freshman campaign, logging 37 total tackles, two tackles for loss, eight passes defended and two interceptions. Expect Kearse to eventually flourish in the Cowboy secondary as a reliable corner.

Here's the rest of the class, or you can check out the other post by Gerald Tracy on the site, where he takes a look at the offensive recruits. This list is as of 1/27/16.