Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land junior college transfer offensive lineman

Brandon Pertile — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) — announced on Twitter he plans to play for Cowboys offensive line coach Bob Connelly next season.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 13, 2014
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Oklahoma State added its second offensive lineman to its 2015 recruiting class in the last week on Wednesday.

Brandon Pertile — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Mesa Community College (Ariz.) — announced on Twitter he plans to play for Cowboys offensive line coach Bob Connelly next season.

The announcement comes just two days after Joshua Jones — a 6-foot-6, 271-pound offensive tackle from Bush High School in Richmond, Texas — took to the same social media site to say he’s coming to Stillwater as well.

Rivals.com ranks Pertile as a three-star prospect. He held 10 scholarship offers, including Cincinnati and Utah.

Pertile is OSU’s 10th commitment in its 2015 class and the third offensive lineman.

Verbal commitments are non-binding. Prospects cannot sign national letters of intent until Feb. 4.

SAFETIES IMPRESS WITH LEADERSHIP, YOUNG PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

OSU safeties coach Tim Duffie has one senior, Larry Stephens, and a slew of underclassmen on his roster.

Duffie answered questions about the group after a two-hour practice Wednesday, and said Stephens is really leading the group and showing them the way we want them to practice.”

“I think I was a little unfair on (Stephens) in the spring because he was coming off an injury, and I thought he should have been further along than he was,” Duffie said. “Now he’s full-go and really taken an active role in leadership with the guys.”

Duffie was also asked about the development of three young safeties: sophomores Jordan Sterns and Deric Robertson and redshirt freshman Tre Flowers.

“Actually, they are ahead of where I thought they would be,” Duffie said. “I think Coach (Rob) Glass did a really good job this summer of getting them in tip-top shape mentally and physically. I think some people on the outside don’t realize how much affect he plays into the mental development of our players in enduring pain and pushing through fatigue. In the spring, it’s a little bit harder, but now in fall camp these guys are ready to go and ready to play at a high level.”

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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