OSU lands grad-transfer defensive lineman
Oklahoma State has finally filled its final open scholarship of the class of 2019, with some much needed experience on the defensive line.
Kyle Junior is a graduate transfer defensive lineman from Bowling Green. Despite playing on the interior line last season — where he had 48 tackles, six TFLs, two sacks, and led the team with five quarterback hurries — his more natural position is DE where he is expected to play for Oklahoma State.
In his three years in Ohio, Junior racked up 95 total tackles, including 13.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, and recovered three fumbles.
Looking ahead, I expect redshirt senior Mike Scott and redshirt sophomore Brock Martin to take the starting spots at defensive end for the 2019 season, but absolutely see Junior manning one of the back-up roles alongside redshirt freshmen Tyler Lacy and Braden Cassity — though I do think incoming freshman Trace Ford has a real shot to contribute next season.
Junior is not someone I thought Oklahoma State would go after, especially with some more high-profile defensive ends and undersized defensive lineman available. But given the coaching staff’s reputation of bringing in guys that go onto to perform in the NFL after just a season in Stillwater, I’m going to trust them here.
That tradition was one of the things that helped lure Junior to Oklahoma State.
“I know about Oklahoma State’s great tradition of sending guys into the league,” Junior told The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright. “I was very versatile. I played every position on the line. I came into college as a D-end, so it’s like I’m going right back home.”
The former two-star recruit plans to graduate in May and arrive in Stillwater this summer.
OSU offers three-star offensive tackle
Cade Bennett Jr., a class of 2020 offensive tackle picked up an offer from Oklahoma State offensive line coach Charlie Dickey.
Bennett announced the offer on Twitter last week, his 12th so far. Joining OSU are Washington State, Purdue, Arizona, Arizona State, Syracuse, Iowa State, and Kansas, among others.
Bennett is the latest offer from the state of Arizona for Oklahoma State. An area the Cowboys don’t normally recruit that much, has seen 10 players in the 2020 class pick up offers.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound OT from Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ is really good in run blocking.