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Football Recruiting: OSU Continues to Target Linebackers for 2020

OSU extends offers their fourth and fifth offers to linebackers in the last two weeks

Derrick Lewis (@dclew_22)

It’s apparent that Oklahoma State has made linebacker a priority for the 2020 class. They already have two committed in OLB Brynden Walker and ILB Cole Thompson. Now they’ve offered two more linebackers to bring the total number of offers to 18 at the position, and five for the past couple of weeks.

Outside Linebacker Edgerrin Cooper

Cooper is a three-star prospect from from Covington, Louisiana who announced his offer on Twitter on Wednesday.

OSU is the 12th program to extend an offer joining Louisville, Houston, Memphis, and current crystal ball leader Mississippi State, among others. Cooper has developed a good relationship with the coaches at Mississippi State which is why they’re the current leaders, and going to be tough to beat for his commitment.

As for his style of play, watching his highlights shows Cooper is a the kind of tackler that’s going to have fans “oohing” and “ohing” at his hits. He also shows patience when necessary and the speed to chase down ball carriers. Last season for Covington, he racked up 85 tackles including one sack, and he forced a fumble.

Inside Linebacker Derrick Lewis

The Cowboys also extended an offer to Schertz, Texas prospect Derrick Lewis. The three-star linebacker posted about it on Twitter earlier this week.

OSU is the seventh school to extend a scholarship offer, and easily the biggest, joining Kansas, North Texas, Tulane, Colorado State, Incarnate Word, and Houston Baptist. That said, Baylor, Oklahoma, and Nebraska have also shown interest.

After looking at his size — 6-1, 215-pounds — and his highlight reel, Lewis reminds me of a current Cowboy; Calvin Bundage, who is 6-2, 215-pounds. Like Bundage, Lewis has a knack for tracking the ball and putting pressure on quarterbacks. His long arms and closing speed are really helpful when he gets into the backfield.

Lewis impressed at the Houston Regional Opening back in March. Yes, the linebacker group was considered weak, but Lewis was named one of the top five defensive players and top performers on the day.

“The linebacker group was the weakest position on defense, but Lewis stood out within the group,” wrote Charles Power of 247Sports. “The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder was fast, aggressive and decisive in space, moving well using his long arms to wrap up running backs. Holding just one offer from North Texas, don’t be surprised to see Lewis as a name who heats up during the evaluation period.”

Lewis absolutely feels like a perfect OSU prospect; an under the radar kid who we’re all going to be raving about by his junior season.