Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy sent out a pair of his masked celebratory tweets on Sunday afternoon — Great day to #BeACowboy! Pistols Firing — meaning news would likely surface of two commitments soon after.
Sure enough, minutes later, word began to leak across the Twitterverse that Alief Taylor High School teammates Keenen Brown, a four-star wide receiver, and Chris Hardeman, a four-star cornerback, had committed to the Cowboys.
The duo visited Stillwater this past weekend, taking in the team's scrimmage on Saturday night, a day after they were both in Norman visiting the Oklahoma campus.
Immediately, they become two of the most highly regarded players in OSU's 2014 recruiting class, with their Sunday commitments doubling the number of four-star prospects the Cowboys have locked up.
Brown is a big wideout, at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, with standing offers from Oregon, Florida and OU, among others.
Hardeman, meanwhile, is a bit undersized at corner (listed at 5-foot-9), but contains the bulk, speed and playmaking ability that have him ranked as a top-20 DB in the country. He has standing offers from Ohio State, Georgia and Nebraska, among others, and was committed to LSU earlier in the recruiting process before changing.
JC TRANSFER OFA HAUTAU WILL HELP AT DT
Lingering academic work resulted in junior college transfer Ofa Hautau missing much of the offseason workouts, arriving a little more than a week before preseason camp.
Hautau, however, is making up for lost time, putting himself in play to join the rotation at defensive tackle.
“He's going to help us this year,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “He's in the mix, because he's what we knew we had, as far as some toughness and a guy who can play with leverage and a guy who can separate off a block. He's had a good camp.
“Every practice from now until the opener for him is just monumental. He's got a higher ceiling than some of them because he's fresh in the system. But the strength and the power that he's got is encouraging for us that he can help us this year.”
BY ANTHONY SLATER AND JOHN HELSLEY