Oklahoma State has lost several players this season to transfer. The first to happen midseason — and only four games in — was senior wide receiver Jalen McCleskey. MCcCleskey was unhappy in his current role in the Cowboys passing attack, and used the four-game redshirt rule to preserve his eligibility.
A source tells PFB that McCleskey will graduate in December and transfer to Tulane at the mid-year point.
McCleskey was the first of what has been a steady flow of outgoing talent in Stillwater. Since he announced, several skill players — including two other players on offense — have joined him in seeking out new places to take their athletic talents.
Below is an updated look at each outgoing player expected to transfer as well as their updated destination.
Jalen McCleskey | Senior | 5-11, 180 pounds | Wide receiver
Date of announcement: Sep. 24, 2018
Career OSU stats: 167 receptions, 1,865 yards receiving, 39 yards rushing, 191 punt return yards
Transfer destination: Tulane
Additional notes: McCleskey played only four games of his senior season, then wielded his right to use the NCAA’s new redshirt rule. He’ll graduate in late 2018 and be eligible to play immediately for Tulane in 2019.
JD King | Sophomore | 5-11, 211 pounds | Running back
Date of announcement: Nov. 19, 2018
Career OSU stats: 142 carries, 622 yards rushing; 14 receptions, 142 yards receiving
Transfer destination: Georgia Southern
Additional notes: King was a record-setting rusher at Fitzgerald High School in Georgia. In choosing Georgia Southern, he returns to his home state to play in a system that is run-heavy and will feature his talents.
Thabo Mwaniki | Sophomore | 5-11, 185 pounds | Safety
Date of announcement: Nov. 11, 2018
Career OSU stats: 39 total tackles, 1 INT
Transfer destination: TBD
Additional notes: Thabo committed to Oklahoma State via Denton Guyer out of high school, committing to the Cowboys over more than a dozen other offers elsewhere. He hasn’t decided where he will transfer, but he’s leaving OSU as a true sophomore after playing as a true freshman and playing more than four games this season.
John Kolar | Redshirt Junior | 6-6, 200 pounds | Quarterback
Date of announcement: Nov. 25, 2018
Career OSU stats: 1 completion, 8 yards, 83.6 QBR
Transfer destination: Iowa State
Additional notes: Kolar committed to OSU in high school and did not pick up any other scholarship offers, despite other interest throughout his senior year of high school. His younger brother, Charlie, plays at Iowa State.
Darrion Daniels | Senior | 6-3, 320 pounds | Defensive tackle
Date of announcement: Dec. 3, 2018
Career OSU stats: 64 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks
Transfer destination: TBD
Additional notes: GoPokes.com reported Monday that Daniels would graduate and transfer to Nebraska, joining his younger brother, Damion, on Scott Frost’s roster. I asked Daniels about that report Monday and he said that was “just an idea for now.” However, Gundy acknowledged Tuesday at his media appearance after practice that Daniels is, in fact, transferring. He didn’t say explicitly where, but the implication is that it is likely Nebraska.
Other notable departures
- Justice Hill foregoing bowl game, senior season for NFL Draft
- Jordan Brailford to play in bowl game, forego senior season for NFL Draft
- Former walk-on safety Chance Cook left OSU program.
- OSU veteran offensive lineman Larry Williams will not participate in the Liberty Bowl as he prepares for future professional endeavors.
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