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Five signees to watch for in 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 8:50 pm | Updated: 11:02 pm, Wed Feb 5, 2014.

Stop calling it the future, because Oklahoma State’s new recruiting class is official.

OSU signed 27 recruits during Wednesday’s National Signing Day, and it’s a group the coaching staff has labeled for months as among the best in Mike Gundy’s tenure.

“I think that this is a terrific recruiting class,” Gundy said in a news release. “It takes a group effort, and it gets better and better at Oklahoma State.”

This group, highlighted by 10 four-star prospects, faces the task of replacing a senior class that tied for OSU’s most wins over a four-year period.

Here’s a look at five signees who could make an immediate impact:

Mason Rudolph, quarterback       Rock Hill, S.C., 6-4, 217

Rudolph’s strong arm and experience in an Air Raid offense makes him a prototype for Oklahoma State’s system. Rudolph can sling the ball all over the field and has more mobility than a typical pocket-passer. He enrolled early to partake in spring practices and has a legitimate shot at competing to be OSU’s next starting quarterback.

Tyreek Hill, athlete    Garden City, Kan., 5-10, 185

As a speedy athlete from Garden City (Kan.) Community College, Hill figures to immediately find a way to contribute in the Cowboy offense. With a 4.4 4-yard dash time, don’t be surprised if Hill jumps right into playing as a slot receiver and becomes a playmaker with his shifty open-field moves.

Devon Thomas, running back     Broken Arrow, 5-11, 210

Another freshman early enrollee, Thomas comes in with a strong build to go along with 4.47 speed. He’ll have to compete Desmond Roland and Rennie Childs in the backfield, but his quickness could allow him to see carries from day one.

 Josh Mabin, inside linebacker    Spring, Texas, 6-2, 227

Mabin is one of the highlights of a defensive class tasked with replacing eight starters. He could see early playing time thanks to his 4.6 speed and a knack for pursuing ball carriers. Mabin will be a welcome addition after All-Big 12 linebackers Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey graduated from OSU.

Gyasi Akem, outside linebacker     Broken Arrow, 6-1, 210

A four-star linebacker recruit who also has a shot at contributing right away for defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. Akem brings promise as both an open-field tackler and a pass rusher, but has room to grow physically before he reaches his potential.