Oklahoma State’s incoming freshman class — which includes a pair of four-star receivers in Marcell Ateman and Ra’Shaad Samples — has already made a positive impression on returning All-Big 12 receiver Josh Stewart. He thinks the group has the potential to be one of the best recruiting classes to ever come through OSU.
But some of the newcomers came into summer workouts acting like it.
Enter the veterans, who quickly gave the youngsters a serious talk.
“They kind of had a little ego to them walking in at first,” Stewart said. “So we had to, like, level it out and (say) ‘Get on board’ and let them know you’ve got to work hard and it ain’t just gonna come.”
Sounds like the meeting worked. Stewart said he’s already formed a bond with Samples, a speedster who reportedly clocked a 4.32 in the 40-yard dash during early testing.
“He comes up to me and asks me questions,” Stewart said. “He’s really trying to (model) his game after me, like really learn more. So I see, as a person, I’ve got to step up and be vocal and set a good example, now that they actually want to listen and do some of the things that I do.
“I’ve got to see that I do a good job of leading them in the right way.”