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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Cowboys corral Oklahoma's top LB

By Bob Przybylo

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy wasn’t pleased with how the Cowboys attacked the Oklahoma high school scene for the Class of 2013.

He said it would change for the Class of 2014. Saturday was more proof of that as top in-state outside linebacker Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) confirmed in a text message that he committed to the Cowboys at the school's spring game.

Gyasi Akem
Linebacker Gyasi Akem committed to Oklahoma State.
Akem is ranked the No. 14 outside linebacker in the nation and isn’t the only Oklahoma State commit from Broken Arrow High. Devon Thomas, ranked No. 15 at running back, already pledged to the Cowboys in December.

Thomas said last month it was only a matter of time before Akem joined him in Stillwater, Okla., and he turned out to be correct.

Akem was offered at the school's junior day and there were rumors of him committing during an unofficial visit for the Cowboys' second junior day.

But a lot of schools were knocking on his door. He has offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee and Ole Miss, among several others. Akem and his mother had a plan, and they have stuck with it.

The Sooners made a big push, but Oklahoma State was always in great position. It didn’t hurt Akem grew up a huge Cowboys fan, but the school also had made it clear to Akem he was a huge priority.

Akem is Oklahoma State's third commit of the class and second on defense. Inside linebacker Justin Phillips (Pearland, Texas/Pearland) committed last month.