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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Mabin gives Cowboys an aggressive ILB

By Damon Sayles

As the days go by, Oklahoma State’s 2014 defensive recruiting class has gotten better and better. In a conference where offense gets most of the ink, the Cowboys are looking for players to put offenses in check.

Four-star inside linebacker Josh Mabin (Spring, Texas/Klein Oak) is one of those players. Now at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Mabin adds to a 2014 class that already features four-star defenders in cornerback Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) and outside linebacker Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow), as well as high three-star defensive end Jordan Brailford (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington).

Mabin gives Oklahoma State a player who looks to be near the ball every play. He plays the position with a passion and a level of physicality that attracted several programs along with Oklahoma State. Mabin, the No. 13 inside linebacker in the country, chose the Cowboys over offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, and several others.

Mabin joins Akem and three-star Justin Phillips (Pearland, Texas/Pearland) as Oklahoma State’s linebacker corps for the class, with Mabin joining Phillips inside. Mabin is the 20th overall commit for Oklahoma State.

Recruited by defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, Mabin is a top 40 player in the state of Texas. He’s good enough to be a top linebacker in the Big 12 and will do what he can to prove that to Spencer, head coach Mike Gundy and the rest of the conference.