OSU football: Four players arrive as early enrollees

Quarterback Wes Lunt, linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga have graduated high school early. They will be eligible for spring football practice.
by Gina Mizell Published: January 9, 2012

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State football has added four new players to the roster as early enrollees.

Quarterback Wes Lunt and linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga, who both graduated high school early, along with junior college transfers Calvin Barnett (defensive tackle) and Blake Jackson (tight end), began classes at OSU this week and will be eligible to participate in spring practice.

“We have added some great people to our football program,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said in a release. “We're excited about what they bring to Oklahoma State on and off the field.

Lunt passed for nearly 7,500 yards and 65 touchdowns in two seasons at Rochester (Ill.) High School while leading the school to back-to-back Class 4A Illinois state titles. He set a state record with 590 passing yards in a game this past season. He is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Tshimanga recorded 84 tackles (11 for loss) this past season at North Richland Hills High School in Richland, Texas and was named to the Texas Football Magazine Super Team as a second-team selection. He is rated the No. 69 player overall in Texas by Rivals.

Barnett, who played his high school football at Tulsa Washington, tallied 35 tackles at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas in 2011 and was a second-team NJCAA All-American selection. He originally signed to play for Arkansas out of high school.

Jackson was a first-team NJCAA All-American at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Ariz., after recording 62 catches for 934 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season. He played his high school football at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Ariz.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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