They are the unheralded names of National Signing Day; the Preferred Walk-Ons. The recruits who are not offered a scholarship but are guaranteed a spot on the roster.
They’re not the guys that are going to get the fanbase excited, but with Oklahoma State’s history, Id be shocked if at least one of this year’s crop of PWOs doesn’t make a major impact on the team by they end of their career.
Let’s break down the 2019 class of PWOs for Oklahoma State.
Valek Cisernos (pronounced Ciss-no-ss), 6-foot-6, 225-pounds from Clinton, Oklahoma, played both tight end and defensive end for the Red Tornadoes. He racked up 54 tackles and seven sacks last season.
Cisernos learned of Oklahoma State’s interest through Twitter.
“McEndoo followed me on twitter,” Cisernos told us. “I didnt really use it much at the time. It was like a light bulb so I told him who I was and we talked from there. I put it in God’s hands and it really seemed like it was his will. I love the program too; the facility, how they take care of you. It felt like it was a home away from home.”
Cisernos says he’s been recruited to play Cowboy back, a position he enjoys playing, and that he looks forward to being part of the team this coming Fall.
“This season, I look forward to just being a team player, doing what ever i can do to make the team better,” said Cisernos. “Whether that’s on the practice squad or... anything really. Just do whatever i can do.”
Cavender played both receiver and safety at Bixby, helping lead the Spartans to the Class 6A-II state title.
Cade said he picked OSU because he grew up a fan.
“Both of my parents went to Oklahoma State,” said Cade. “We’ve had season ticekts ever since I could walk. I’ve gone to games there my whole like. It’s like a second home. My parents are really excited about it.”
During his senior season, the 6-foot, 188-pounder racked up 305 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and caught 45 passes for 816 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense he had 64 tackles including 47 solo and three TFLs, and had two interceptions. He was named a second-team All-State player on defense.
In the title game alone Cavender had 222 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.
Cade told us he’ll be positioned at slot receiver, a position he never played in high school, but says he’s not worried. “My sophomore season I started at corner and then got moved to safety,” said Cade. “I was able to pick it up pretty quick so I expect this to go the same way. Honestly most of the receiving positions are pretty similar.”
Washington, a 5-foot-11, 186-pound running back from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas chose to walk on at Oklahoma State over accepting scholarship offers from FCS programs like Missouri State, Georgetown, and Incarnate Word. He also had a PWO offer from Virginia Tech.
Washington says it was former offensive line coach Josh Henson who helped get him to Stillwater.
“Coach Henson came by the school to talk with me,” Washington told us. “He wanted me to come up and met Coach Woz. I took the bait, made the trip and just loved it. I loved the facilitiies and the coaching staff, so that’s what i went with.”
While it was Henson that got Washington to Stillwater, Coach Wozniak is the one that sealed the deal.
“I love that guy,” said Washington. “He’s funny, he’s great. We went to a meeting during my visit and he went through film and I could tell he knows what he’s talking about.”
While he expects to redshirt this season, Washington says one of his goals is to at some point see the field during his time in Stillwater.
“Hopefully one day play in a game,” said Washington. “But really, just being part of the team. That’s my main thing with football is that brotherood with the team.”
During his senior season Washington led the team in rushing and receiving, racking up 2,064 yards and 22 touchdowns on 299 carries and catching 63 receptions for 807 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Watters, who played running back and receiver for the Jenks Trojans. He chose the Cowboys over an offer from Army.
“It was my childhood dream to play at OSU,” Watters told Barry Lewis of the Tulsa World. “Army/West Point was a great opportunity for me but it was hard to pass up a dream I’ve had for so long.”
Watters’ visit to Stillwater also helped to sway his commitment OSU’s way.
“Right when I got here everyone was so welcoming and I fit in with everyone in the program and everyone embraced me,” Watters said. “I had always dreamed of coming to Jenks, I always wanted to be here.”
During his senior season Watters ran for 883 yards, caught 18 passes for 252 yards, and scored a combined 10 touchdowns. He has the feel and size, at 6-foot, 185, to be a slot receiver for Oklahoma State. He’s also one, watching his highlights, that has a real shot to eventually see action for the Cowboys.
Bowers played quarterback and outside linebacker for Crescent, Oklahoma. However he will be a Cowboy Back for Oklahoma State. His size — 6-foot-4, 220-pounds — makes him a great blocker and a tall-match-up for defenders to deal with in the passing game.
At Crescent, Bowers threw for more than 3,400 yards and 44 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons. He also did some work on the ground during that time, rushing for 1,800 yards and 37 touchdowns.