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National Signing Day News and Notes: Cowboys Add Pair of Walk-Ons

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The second national signing day has finally arrived, and Deondrick Glass watch is officially over. He submitted his NLI in a timely fashion on Wednesday. So no drama. Anything that happens from here out — be it a commitment, de-commitment, flip — will come as a surprise.

Below are some news nuggets and notes for the day, some related to signing day and some simply news leading up to today.

New signees

• Four-star running back Deondrick Glass is *official.* After a commitment to OSU on ESPN two weeks ago, he submitted his NLI this morning. Glass is the second highest-ranked commitment of the 2019 class.

New commitments

• Two-star offensive lineman Layton Ernst, a Mansfield, Texas, product, committed Tuesday to Oklahoma State. A towering 6-1, 275-pound center, Ernst’s only listed offer was from Air Force. He is believed to be a preferred walk-on addition.

• Class of 2019 kicker, Ben Freehill, committed to OSU on Monday as a preferred walk-on. Chris Sailer Kicking, which grades innumerable kickers that come to his camp, grades Freehill, a 6-2, 170 pound high school senior, as a four-and-a-half star prospect and the No. 46 overall kicker in 2019. He’s from Illinois.

Ben is a very talented high school punting and kicking prospect. A great looking athlete with excellent natural ability in all areas of his game. Field goals are strong, college ready. He hits a pure ball and has 55+ yard range off the ground. Kickoffs are solid. He drives the ball into the end zone with nice hang time. Punting is a major strength. He punts for a great combination of hang time and distance. One of the more consistent punters in this class. He has a great frame to be a dominating college punter with continued hard work. Ben is a competitor that does well under pressure. I really like his all around upside. Look for Ben to dominate Vegas XXXIII in January and pick up additional college offers. His best is still in front of him. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Outstanding combo prospect. Nice addition for Oklahoma State. [Chris Sailor]

OSU also brought on Aussie kicker Tom Hutton as a scholarship player in 2019, so it appears there’s a pointed effort to resolving kickoff and punting woes that have haunted OSU on and off the past couple seasons.

• Class of 2019 defensive end prospect Soni Fonua, from Mesa Community College, committed this week to LSU over Oklahoma State. Had made an official visit to OSU two weeks ago.

New offers

Dametrious Crownover, 2021 DE/TE, NR: Crownover is a rising star from Grandview, Texas, who OSU got in on early this week with an offer. A 6-6, 220-pound defensive end/tight end, he has offers from Baylor, Southern Miss and Tulsa. OSU was his first Power 5 offer. I expect OSU is pursuing him as a defensive end.

Corey Flagg Jr., 2020 LB, ⭐⭐⭐: Adding to the growing list of Houston North Shore targets is 2020 inside linebacker Corey Flagg, a 5-10 (!), 210-pound prospect. He has offers also from Memphis, SMU, Texas Tech and a few other smaller programs. Seems destined to be a kid who goes overlooked because of his diminutive frame, but one OSU seems confident it can plug in to the inside of its defense and thrive.

Tunmise Adeleye, 2021 DE, NR: If offers are indicative of future rankings, Adeleye is a soon-to-be four-star. Alabama, Texas, Florida, OU, Texas, Texas A&M top the list of his big time offers. OSU is the first to join the long list this month, but the eighth to offer since the new year. Dominant 6-3, 260-pound prospect from Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas.

Xavier Carlton, 2020 DE, ⭐⭐⭐⭐: With 20 offers and counting, Modesto (Calif.) defensive end Xavier Carlton is one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail. USC, UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame have all offered, and more to come. He’s a 6-7, 250-pound prospect.

Jordan Berry, 2020 DT, NR: A 6-3, 305-pound defensive tackle from Harbor City (Calif.), Berry is unranked and largely off the radar. But he’s an absolute mammoth. Like this offer a lot. It’s his first at the Power 5 level.


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