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Cowboy football signs 20 as part of 2019 class


Coach Mike Gundy looks on as Oklahoma State plays Kansas in its football game on Sept. 29, 2018, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence Kansas. (DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER)

Twenty student-athletes signed their letters of intent Wednesday to play football at Oklahoma State.

On the first day of the early signing period, the Cowboys gained eight offensive players, 11 defensive players and one specialist for 2019.

The class includes two four-star athletes and ranks sixth in the Big 12, according to 247Sports Composite.

OSU's 2019 scholarship numbers also include graduate transfers Dru Brown and Kemah Siverand, who were on the team this season, so that leaves three slots available.

Here is a list of the 20 signees along with coach Mike Gundy's commentary about the class.

Grayson Boomer, tight end

Collinsville High School (Collinsville)

6 feet 5 inches, 230 pounds

four-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Boomer received offers from a range of schools, including Ohio State, LSU, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Texas and Oklahoma. He went to a camp at OU in summer 2016 and unofficially visited the Sooners' campus multiple times, but he committed to OSU on Nov. 4, 2017. Boomer made an unoffical visit to Stillwater on March 30 this year. 

Gundy said in 18 months, he expects Boomer to have gained 20 pounds. He compared Boomer to Blake Jarwin, a former OSU player and a tight end for the Dallas Cowboys.

"If that works, he'll be good for us," Gundy said.

Boomer played tight end and defensive end at Collinsville.

Check out Boomer's highlight videos here.

Dezmon Jackson, running back

Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kansas)

6 feet, 220 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports

Bio: Jackson, from El Dorado, Arkansas, could help rebuild OSU's running back corps after Justice Hill's departure for the 2019 NFL Draft and J.D. King's transfer.

"When you look at your depth chart, and particularly that position that takes a lot of hits, you almost just need to stay three or four deep," Gundy said. We were fortunate this year that we had four guys that we could put in the game."

Jackson will join fellow running backs Chuba Hubbard, LD Brown and Jahmyl Jeter at OSU.

He committed to the Cowboys on Sept. 9. Jackson had offers from schools including Kansas State, Grambling State and Ohio.

Check out Jackson's highlight videos here.

Na'Drian Dizadare, linebacker

Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, Louisiana)

6 feet 2 inches, 200 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Another recruit comes to Stillwater from Evangel Christian Academy.

Dizadare played at the same high school as Jarrick Bernard, a freshman safety who earned a starting role for the Cowboys this season.

"High school football through that part of the state of Louisiana is very competitive and very disciplined and structured like it is in East Texas, so usually a good fit here in our culture," Gundy said.

Dizadare officially visited OSU on June 8 and made his commitment to the Cowboys the next day.

Check out Dizadare's highlight videos here.

Tom Hutton, punter

Prokick Australia

6 feet, 195 pounds

two-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Hutton worked with Prokick Australia, a program that prepares Australian athletes to play American football. It's the organization that developed Michael Dickson, a former Texas player who is the Seattle Seahawks' punter and was just voted to the NFL's 2019 Pro Bowl.

"It's a pretty sophisticated academy they have over there, and they're straight shooters, which I like," Gundy said.

Hutton committed to the Cowboys on Jan. 21 and made his official visit June 8.

“Very excited about him," Gundy said. "Really unique story. He’s 28, right? I think he’s getting ready to turn 29. Married, works at a paper mill. I believe it’s either five or six days a week, 10 hours a day.”

Zach Sinor and Matt Hockett are redshirt seniors, so Hutton could become the Cowboys' primary option at punter.

Joe Michalski, offensive tackle

St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park, Kansas)

6 feet 4 inches, 270 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: OSU made an offer to Michalski on June 14, the same day he unofficially visited campus. He committed to the Cowboys the next day. Michalski received offers from schools including Ivy League colleges Dartmouth and Cornell.

Check out Michalski's highlight videos here.

Kody Walterscheid, defensive end

Muenster High School (Muenster, Texas)

6 feet 6 inches, 230 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Walterscheid has a family connection to OSU.

His brother, Cole, is a redshirt senior defensive tackle for the Cowboys.

Walterscheid played as a defensive end and an offensive tackle at Muenster. When he was a junior, his team won the state championship, going 16-0.

He also had an offer from North Texas. Walterscheid adds to an OSU defensive unit that loses multiple veteran players, including his brother, next season.

Trace Ford, defensive end

Edmond Santa Fe High School (Edmond)

6 feet 3 inches, 227 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Ford was the only recruit who visited OSU during the last weekend before signing day, Robert Allen reported for Allen said Ford missed a visit with a bigger group of recruits because he underwent surgery to fix a broken bone in his foot, but he and his mother went to Stillwater and saw the Cowboys practice Friday and Saturday.

At Edmond Santa Fe, Ford played football, basketball and baseball. Gundy, who said he was impressed with Ford's baseball skill, acknowledged that Ford hasn't spent much time in a weight room but expects him to build himself up to 250 pounds.

"I think he’s gonna be a guy that can get off the edge and go and put pressure on the quarterback," Gundy said. "And he’s not ever had a chance to dedicate anything to his body yet based on being a three-sport guy, which is awesome. Very competitive. Very intelligent. Looking forward to getting him here.”

Ford committed to OSU on Aug. 31. He had offers from schools including Baylor, Missouri, Iowa State and Florida State.

Check out Ford's highlight videos here.

Cole Birmingham, offensive tackle

Katy High School (Katy, Texas)

6 feet 4-and-a-half inches, 294 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Birmingham had offers from programs including Missouri, Ole Miss, UCLA and Boise State. He officially visited OSU on June 15 and committed to the Cowboys two days later.

During his junior year at Katy High School, he earned first-team all-district honors.

Check out Birmingham's highlight videos here.

Isreal Isuman-Hundley, defensive end

Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas)

6 feet 5 inches, 230 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Isuman-Hundley was on Argyle Liberty Christian's football team, but he switched to Colleyville Heritage for his senior season. He had offers from schools including Houston, SMU and Baylor.

Isuman-Hundley committed to OSU on May 9.

Check out his highlight videos here.

Kamryn Farrar, linebacker

Skyline High School (Dallas)

6 feet, 200 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Farrar switched his commitment from Colorado to OSU. He committed to the Buffaloes on March 14 and made an official visit to CU on June 8. Farrar changed his decision three months later, making a Twitter announcement in which he called OSU "home."

Farrar received offers from programs including TCU, Air Force, New Mexico State and Texas State.

Check out Farrar's highlight videos here.

Preston Wilson, offensive tackle

Argyle High School (Argyle, Texas)

6 feet 4 inches, 280 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Wilson committed to OSU on June 18, and he made his official visit Sept. 21. He had offers from multiple schools, including Big 12 universities Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas.

Check out Wilson's highlight videos here.

Xavier Player, cornerback

Steele High School (Cibolo, Texas)

5 feet 11-and-a-half inches, 166 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Player follows a line of Cowboys who played at Steele High School.

The list includes Jordan Sterns, Deionte Noel, JayVeon Cardwell and Ryan Simmons.

“They’re used to winning," Gundy said. "The young men are trained and raised the right way in that organization, and so they happen to be a good fit for our culture.”

This season, Player tallied 48 tackles and an interception. He has 101 career tackles at Steele.

Check out his highlight videos here.

Xavier Ross, defensive tackle

Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas)

6 feet 3 inches, 285 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Ross was named District 7-6A Defensive Player of the Year in Texas.

He officially visited OSU on April 27 and committed to the Cowboys on May 12. He had offers from schools including Purdue, Baylor, Indiana and Vanderbilt.

Check out Ross' highlight videos here.

Jayden Jernigan, defensive tackle

Allen High School (Allen, Texas)

6 feet 1 inch, 280 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Jernigan made his official visit to OSU on April 28 and committed May 14. The next month, he officially visited Washington, but he didn't change his commitment to the Cowboys. He had offers from multiple other universities, including Big 12 schools Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas.

As a senior at Allen High School, Jernigan was named all-district defensive player of the year. He also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior.

Check out Jernigan's highlight videos here.

Demarco Jones Jr., cornerback

Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa)

6 feet 1 inch, 175 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Although two Booker T. Washington alumni are leaving OSU to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, another student-athlete from that high school will become a Cowboy.

With Jones' decision to sign with OSU, he follows Jordan Brailford and Justice Hill, graduates of his high school and All-Big 12 selections this season.

OSU made an offer to Jones on Feb. 16, and he committed three days later. He also had an offer from Notre Dame.

An injury caused Jones to miss games during his senior season, but Gundy said he wouldn't rescind a scholarship offer because of that.

"He needs to gain 10, 12, 15 pounds, which he will, but he’s come from a great program," Gundy said. "He’s got football savvy. Intelligent. Those things are important now in trying to find ways to cover and slow down offenses.”

Check out Jones' highlight videos here.

Taylor Miterko, offensive tackle

Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad, New Mexico)

6 feet 5-and-a-half inches, 270 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Miterko officially visited OSU on June 14 and made his commitment June 20. He received offers from universities including TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.

Miterko competed in the shot put and discus events as a member of his high school's track and field team.

Check out his highlight videos here.

Sione Asi, defensive tackle

Snow College (Ephraim, Utah)

6 feet 1 inch, 302 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Asi, from Reno, Nevada, spent two seasons at the junior college where Ofa Hatau, a former Cowboy defensive tackle, played. Asi received offers from OSU and New Mexico.

He committed to the Cowboys on Dec. 4.

His addition to OSU's roster will bolster a depleted defensive unit after the 2018 season.

Check out Asi's highlight videos here.

Thomas Harper, cornerback

Karns High School (Knoxville, Tennessee)

5 feet 11 inches, 165 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Harper, like Walterscheid, has family ties to OSU.

His brother, Devin, is a redshirt sophomore linebacker who had 30 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception for the Cowboys this season.

Harper was generally designated as an "athlete" on the 247Sports website, but he is expected to join the Cowboys' defensive unit. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles and cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie recruited him.

Check out Harper's highlight videos here.

Brendan Costello, quarterback

San Clemente High School (San Clemente, California)

6 feet, 183 pounds

three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite

Bio: Costello is listed as a dual-threat quarterback on the 247Sports website.

He had an offer from OSU on June 5 and committed to the Cowboys eight days later. Costello will be an early enrollee at OSU.

"I think he’s got savvy," Gundy said. "He’s got enough mobility to make tight throws. He’s not scared to turn the ball loose.

"Kind of a late bloomer. When we offered him, I think his only offer was Eastern Washington, and since then, there have been a number of schools that have come in and courted him and tried to sway him one way or the other, and he’s held strong with us."

Check out Costello's highlight videos here.

Langston Anderson, wide receiver

Heritage High School (Midlothian, Texas)

6 feet 2 inches, 195 pounds

When Gundy had his Wednesday press conference, Anderson hadn't announced his decision. He had narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Baylor and OSU.

Then Anderson committed to the Cowboys and signed his letter of intent Wednesday afternoon.

He received offers from other Big 12 schools including Texas, TCU, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Check out Anderson's highlight videos here.