Oklahoma State has a late addition to its 2013 recruiting class, as Pearl River (Miss.) Community College offensive lineman Colby Hegwood will join the Cowboys for fall camp, according to Rivals.
Because the window to sign a National Letter of Intent has closed, Hegwood has signed a financial aid agreement with the school.
The addition gives OSU some needed depth and versatility on the offensive line. Hegwood told Rivals he played right guard and both tackle spots last season and that OSU offensive line coach Joe Wickline plans to first try him at right guard.
Hegwood, at 6-5 and 315 pounds, played high school football at Flowood (Miss.) Northwest Rankin High School. Injuries took away large portions of his junior and senior seasons, which hurt his recruiting and ultimately led him to Pearl River.
Because he was a full qualifier for four-year colleges out of high school, Hegwood was eligible to transfer without first graduating from Pearl River. He will have three seasons of eligibility at OSU and an available redshirt season.
Hegwood told Rivals that OSU’s recruitment “kind of came out of left field” and that Wickline was the first college coach to realize Hegwood could transfer immediately.
A visit to OSU for the Cowboys’ spring finale convinced Hegwood he wanted to transfer to the school.
“After my visit to the spring game, my parents and I talked about it on the whole way home – the whole 12 hour ride. Whenever I got home, I laid in bed thinking about it and realized that I wanted to be able to get a better opportunity. So, Oklahoma State will be where I play football next year.”
The unique circumstances surrounding Hegwood — along with his position — have drawn comparisons to former Levy Adcock, who joined the Cowboys after signing day in 2009 and went on to become an All-American.