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Three JUCO players Oklahoma State could target for final 2019 scholarship

If a grad transfer doesn’t work out, there are still some options in the JUCO ranks.


While at this point it’s more likely Oklahoma State turns to the transfer market to fill their final 2019 scholarship and it’s need for immediate help on the defensive line, there is the possibility the Cowboys’ go the JUCO route.

If that’s the case, there are still a few players left uncommitted that Oklahoma State could consider extending an offer to that could provide some immediate help in 2019.

4-Star Defensive End Chester Graves

Graves is the highest rated JUCO defensive end still uncommitted for 2019. The second-highest rated JUCO in his class, Graves has offers from seven schools including Missouri, Alabama, Ole Miss, Colorado, Iowa, Miami, and Nebraska. The Tigers, Tide, and Rebels seem to have the edge, but for Oklahoma State, at least gauging his interest wouldn’t hurt.

Graves originally signed with Ole Miss out of high school before ending up going the JUCO route.

For Iowa Western this past season, Graves was fourth on the team in tackles with 51, including nine TFL and one sack. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one, and nabbed an interception.

Defensive End Jaylin Bannerman

Rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports, Bannerman’s list of offers isn’t going to blow you away. Akron seems to have the edge over fellow FBS programs UTEP, Liberty, Western Kentucky, and UMass.

That said, Bannerman has a fairly successful outing in Arizona Western’s final season playing football. He had 28 total tackles including 2.5 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

While I’m not sure he immediately start over some of the defensive ends already at OSU, he would provide depth of experience and be a high quality back-up at the position.

3-Star Defensive End Sam Moala

At the moment, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound DE from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona only has one offer, from Kansas State. That likely has a lot to do with the fact that Moala seems to have sat out the 2018 season.

Moala had a solid freshman season racking up 62 tackles including 14 TFL, and 3.5 sacks, and forcing four fumbles. But despite participating in spring ball last April, Moala did not appear on Pima’s roster during the 2018 season. On his Twitter profile, Moala lists Garden City C.C., but he doesn’t show up on their roster either.

If Moala is still playing football and looking for a D-1 home this upcoming season, the talent is there for him to become an immediate contributor if Oklahoma State decides to pursue. And with OSU’s strong history of Polynesian players, it would make sense for Moala to be interested in the Cowboys if he’s offered.