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Four of five recruits to enroll early for Pokes

By Mike Baldwin Modified: December 11, 2007 at 10:26 am •  Published: December 11, 2007
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State received some good recruiting news last weekend. Not only did five players commit to the Cowboys following official visits, four of the five will enroll early and participate in spring drills.

Of 12 recruits on campus over the weekend, seven have committed to OSU, including the five new commitments. Four of the five new commitments are junior college prospects.

The highest rated new commitment, running back Beau Johnson, said he might consider other schools after hearing offensive coordinator Larry Fedora might leave for Southern Mississippi.

A four-star running back who led Butler (Kan.) County to the junior college national title, Johnson said he still is leaning toward OSU. But he wants to be assured of the offensive philosophy before ruling out all other schools.

Johnson, 5-foot-9, 205 pounds, is similar to All-Big 12 running back Dantrell Savage. Johnson rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns in Butler's 56-27 win over Snow (Utah) in the juco national title game.

OSU also received commitments from three other junior college players. All three are rated three-star prospects: offensive tackle Andrew Mitchell, defensive end Jeremiah Price and safety Lucien Antoine.

Antoine, from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, compiled 112 tackles and four interceptions. The Coral Springs, Fla., product was being recruited by Arkansas, Louisville, Mississippi, Purdue and Kansas State.

Mitchell, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle from Choctaw, anchored Snow's offensive line. Almost 23 years old, Mitchell went to Snow following a two-year Mormon mission. Mitchell redshirted and played one season at tight end before moving to tackle.

The other junior college commitment was Price, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Jones County (Miss.) Community College.

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