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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys sign two JUCO recruits

by John Helsley Modified: December 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013

Tyreek Hill (24) is one of two Juco signees for the Cowboys.
Tyreek Hill (24) is one of two Juco signees for the Cowboys.

Tyreek Hill’s Twitter handle is @ImFasterThanYa.

And the tag appears fitting, considering Hill doubles as a track star with world class times to back it up.

As far as football speed – and football is his sport of choice – he’s listed as 4.4 40-yard dash fast and says he’s been electronically clocked as low as 4.25.

The speed, along with his versatile skills, made the 5-star junior college prospect a coveted recruit, with teams continuing to work on Hill even as he was committed to OklahomaState. Hill made a visit to Texas over the weekend, just in time for the end of the Mack Brown era.

Yet Wednesday, Hill secured his status as a Cowboy, signing with the Cowboys on the first day of the mid-year transfer signing period. He plans to enroll and arrive on campus in January.

OSU also signed Devante Averette, a 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker from EllsworthCommunity College in Iowa.

A 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster, Hill offers value as both a runner and receiver. At Garden City Community College in Kansas, Hill spent time this season in the backfield and as a slot receiver. He caught 32 passes for 532 yards and six touchdowns; ran 101 times for 659 yards and 10 scores.

And he projects as a dangerous return man as well.

“I just want to come in and make plays for the team,” Hill told GoPokes.com. “I like to win. I want to win. I’ll work hard and I’ll grind because I want to be the best.”

Some have likened him to former West Virginia standout Tavon Austin, which should be tantalizing to Cowboys fans. As a prep senior at CoffeeHigh School in Douglas, Ga., Hill’s 10.19 time was the fastest high school posting in the country in 2012. He also ran a 20.14 200 meters, which ranked as the nation’s second-fastest time.

He won state titles in the 100, 200 and long jump his senior year. Furthermore, his 200-meter time of 20.14 would have been the fastest time among collegians in 2013 and would have placed him sixth at the 2012 London Olympics.

You can see his speed here.

The Atlanta Track Club named Hill the Georgia Athlete of the Year.

Rated as high as the No. 3 juco recruit in the nation, Hill claimed offers from a number of schools, including Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, UCLA, USC, Nebraska, Baylor and Arizona State.

“OklahomaState, really, I went their on two unofficial visits,” Hill told GoPokes.com. “I told her it was either going to be OU or OSU. I went to OU and I wasn’t feeling the vibe down there.

“My grandparents said to go to OSU. I was like, ‘OK, I like OSU and I’m going to go to OSU.”

Averette led Ellsworth with 92 tackles, including 29 for losses. Averette is originally from MelvindaleHigh School in Detroit.

Averette, who was committed to West Virginia at one point, recently was named first team NJCAA All-American. Like Hill, he’ll be on campus in January.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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