Michael Coats Jr. announced late Wednesday night that he would be leaving the Lamar football program and transfer to Oklahoma State next season.
⏳ #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/MGREjMvYp8— Michael Coats Jr. (@MikeyMike7_) June 8, 2017
In his letter, he wrote:
Most don’t know the whole story, but back in December. During Christmas break I went through surgery on my knee for the second time in under 2 months. My family and I believed it was best that I stayed home, not returning to Lamar and rehab here in the city and transfer to Oklahoma State. I appreciate the Lamar coaching staff, and also thank Coach Gundy and Coach Spencer for the opportunity they’re giving me to play at OSU #GoPokes
Coats was named to The Oklahoman's Big All-City team after recording 104 tackles, a sack and an interception in his senior season. Coats was named district linebacker of the year, first-team all-district selection, first-team all-conference honors and led his high school in tackles with 194 tackles over his junior and senior campaign, according to his Lamar biography.
Coats actually did receive an offer from OSU to be a preferred walk on back on Dec. 2, 2015. (Check out that sweet logo!)
Blessed to receive my first D1 offer preferred walk on from Oklahoma State University pic.twitter.com/ZVIfx5f0ad— Michael Coats Jr. (@MikeyMike7_) December 2, 2015
One has to be slightly worried about two knee surgeries in two months, but if anyone can get him rehabbed and healthy again, it would be Rob Glass, the strength and conditioning coach.
He doesn’t appear to have any stats for the Cardinals in his only year there, but he wasn’t redshirted, so he is down a year of eligibility.
Check out his highlights and see who the Cowboys are getting to help add depth to the linebacker postition.