Zachary Crabtree didn't need to search far to get the real scoop on Oklahoma State.
His older brother, Jacob, is a current student. So Zachary has taken plenty of visits to Stillwater and has met plenty of people.
He's seen first-hand how much they care about Cowboy football. And Wednesday, he'll join that program when he signs with OSU.
“That's what the school is all about, just being at the games and all the tradition behind it,” Crabtree said. “… it was really just how friendly they all they were about it, how much it means to everybody up there. Not only the (students), but alumni.
“That's awesome to have a great fan base behind you.”
It's hard to imagine that Crabtree, a three-star prospect from Mansfield (Texas) who boasts a 6-7, 270-pound frame, didn't know if he'd play varsity football as a junior. He was always tall, but was still a 225-pound “stick” as a sophomore.
So Crabtree hit the weight room hard that summer. He shoveled down a diet that consisted of a lot of meat, pasta and … milkshakes. And he earned his spot.
“Before I knew it, at the end of my junior year, I started getting calls (from college coaches),” Crabtree said. “That was always a dream of mine. Now, here we are, I guess. It's awesome.”
At OSU, Crabtree will transition from a run-heavy offense he played for in high school to OSU's Air Raid spread attack. But he feels that's a good switch for him, as pass blocking is his strength.
And he'll get to share one semester with Jacob, who is scheduled to graduate in December.
“He was big on me going (to OSU),” Crabtree said. “He was kind of helping pull me that way. It'll be awesome.
“We're close, and it'll be a fun thing for him to kind of show me around and help me figure it out. He'll be there for a little bit of guidance.”