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BY SCOTT WRIGHT Modified: December 17, 2008 at 8:46 am •  Published: December 17, 2008
STILLWATER — From the time he signed with Oklahoma State a year ago, coaches have been raving about junior-college transfer Lucien Antoine, both on the field and off.

Now, Antoine’s former coach at Fort Scott Community College, Jeff Sims, says the Cowboys have landed the defensive line version of Antoine.

Horace Hubbard is a starting defensive tackle at Fort Scott and one of four mid-year transfers expected to sign with the Cowboys during the junior-college player signing period, which runs today through Jan. 15.

"All the qualities that Oklahoma State loved about Antoine, they’ve got the same thing in Hubbard,” Sims said. "Antoine was our defensive leader last year, and Hubbard is our leader this year.”

Hubbard, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound native of Gretna, Va., was also looking at Arizona and Kansas State, but he will have the opportunity for immediate playing time at a position where the Cowboys lose both starters, Jeray Chatham and Tonga Tea.

Unlike last year when they signed nine junior-college players, the Cowboys are only looking to take four this year, targeting very specific needs, like the offensive and defensive lines, and the secondary.

Other committed players expected to sign during the mid-year period are defensive end Darius Hart of Pearl River (Miss.