BROKEN ARROW — Devon Thomas already knows all about the phrase “Body by Glass,” referring to Oklahoma State's rigorous strength and conditioning regimen orchestrated by coordinator Rob Glass.
Gyasi Akem is already hearing all about Body by Glass from his high school teammate, as the pair of Broken Arrow products celebrated signing with the Cowboys Wednesday.
“He's gonna put a hurtin' on you in the weight room,” Thomas said of Glass' program. “But Body by Glass is what you want. He knows what he's doing in there.”
Thomas, who is rated a three-star running back by Rivals, is already enrolled and participating in winter conditioning. Akem, a four-star linebacker, will arrive for summer workouts in June.
Perhaps the jumpstart on college football is just what Thomas needs.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back is coming off a disappointing senior season, where an ankle injury forced him to miss two games. He produced more than 800 rushing yards and six touchdowns, which fell well short of the 1,840 yards and 24 scores he racked up during a breakout sophomore campaign that made him the top running back prospect in the state.
“It kind of hurt really bad, because I didn't have the season I was projected to have,” said Thomas, who brings a blend of power and speed to the position. “I came in as the area's top running back and I didn't perform like I was supposed to. It was really disappointing to me.
“I have a lot of people to prove wrong, because with the ankle injury they think I lost speed. But I still have it all. I actually gained some. So I have a lot to prove, and I plan on doing that.”
Akem, one of four four-star players OSU signed Wednesday, brings range and athleticism to a position that must replace departing seniors Caleb Lavey, Shaun Lewis and Joe Mitchell. Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said Akem, who sports a 6-1, 210-pound frame, has the versatility to play either inside or outside linebacker.
Following Wednesday's ceremony, Thomas prepared to head back to Stillwater, where he's learning about time management and responsibility while getting ready to compete in spring football.
Is Akem jealous his teammate is getting a head start on his OSU career?
“A little bit,” Akem said with a smile. “It would be fun to already be there, but I'll wait my turn and I'll be there in June.”