Deondrick Glass signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma State on Wednesday morning, locking in the Cowboys’ second highest rated recruit of their 2019 class and the highest rated running back recruit in years.
The future Cowboy rushed for 6,184 yards and 100 touchdowns while with the Katy Tigers. He is the next big D1 running back to come out of Katy High School, following in the footsteps of Aundre Dean (UCLA and TCU), Adam Taylor (Nebraska), Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma), and Kyle Porter (Texas), just to name a few.
I had the opportunity to interview Glass before he signed his LOI and we talked about everything from his recruiting process to how Katy helped prepare him for the next level. Our conversation started off with Glass talking about what went into his decision to sign with OSU.
“My recruiting process was a long process,” said Glass. “It started when I was a freshman, but it really got serious my junior year. When it came to official visits, out of all the places I visited, Oklahoma State was the one that felt like home. I felt comfortable and I felt like I could really do something special there, and like I could become a household name and achieve my long term goals. I feel like I could be successful there even if I didn’t play football.”
Glass should see a decent amount of snaps in his freshman season. He’ll add depth to a group that includes Canadian speedster Chuba Hubbard and Texas native L.D. Brown. Glass says he hasn’t spoken to any of the running backs currently on OSU’s roster, but hopes to speak to them at the spring game, and looks forward to learning from them once he moves to Stillwater.
“I know Chuba is the leader and he could give me some pointers on how to adapt to college football, and he could help with the playbook,” Glass said. “I know when I get [to Stillwater] that he’s going to be able to help me.”
The leap from high school to college football can be hard to adjust to for some players. Every year there are highly ranked recruits who don’t pan out at the college level. Glass says he is more prepared to make the leap than most are, thanks to his high school coaches.
“Katy makes you do the things that you don’t want to do,” Glass said. “They are preparing us for the real world. While all our peers are still asleep, we have to get up at four in the morning to go workout for the first time. Then we have to go to class, and then we have to work out again during fifth period before practice after school.”
This routine has worked well for Katy over the last few decades. They’ve won multiple state championships, and sent plenty of running backs to play college football. Being a star running back at Katy is much like being in a fraternity. Glass said he heard from a handful of former stars throughout his recruitment process, including Texas sophomore Kyle Porter.
“At the beginning [of my recruiting process] Kyle Porter was trying to get me to come to UT,” Glass said. “I was also talking to Aundre Dean. He was talking to me a lot about making the decision that you feel best fits you. It’s not about what everyone else wants. [I’m] the one that has to go there.”
Dean chose to play for UCLA after graduating from Katy, but transferred to TCU after playing just one season for the Bruins. Dean is exactly right on this one though, and that quote is a good reminder not to tweet at recruits.
Mike Gundy has put out a lot of offers to Houston area recruits over the last few weeks. Shadrach Banks from North Shore and defensive studs Alec Bryant and Xavion Alford from Shadow Creek are just a few of those players. Those are all highly rated recruits though. Glass plans on recruiting plenty of Houston players to Stillwater, and he isn’t interested in star ratings. He’s ready to recruit the guys he has played with that he thinks he could make a difference in Stillwater.
“I have a couple friends that I would like to have come because I know that they have talent, but don’t always get looked at,” Glass said. “I’m actually going to send my coaches some of their film and see if they can get an offer.”
There are over 300 players rated three stars or higher in the state of Texas, according to 247sports. That means that there are a lot of players that slip through the cracks and go unnoticed, or are buried behind more talented players on the depth chart. James Washington was almost one of those players, just a two star recruit out of high school. Deondrick is trying to make sure some talented Houston area players don’t go entirely unnoticed.
Glass should be the next great running back to call Boone Pickens Stadium and Stillwater, Oklahoma, home for his college career. He’ll have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of star Justice Hill, who recently declared for the NFL draft. Glass has plenty of experience filling big shoes, doing it at Katy after Kyler Porter and Rodney Anderson graduated.
The entire CRFF team thanks Deondrick for taking time out of his day to speak with us and we join Cowboy nation in congratulating him on signing his National Letter of Intent!