Oklahoma State landed two-star prospect Gabriel Lemons this past week, giving the Cowboys their 17th overall commitment for 2018.
Lemons is labelled as a wide receiver by Rivals but he could be looked at on the defensive side of the ball. His commitment goes back with his history with the coaching staff, something that went further than many may expect.
“There were a lot of aspects that went into my decision but the deciding factor for me was when I realized that the coaches there care more about the person than they do the player,” Lemons said.
Safeties coach Tim Duffie has been his main recruiting coach and the relationship goes way back and also has some family ties; it was something that was a big plus in his eyes.
“My positions coach, Tim Duffie, my dad played college football with him at Texas Tech, so he has known me and my family literally for my entire life,” Lemons said. “It definitely was a big plus (in his decision).”
His father played defensive back with Duffie.
The 6-foot-2 prospect could be used on either side of the field with his ability to perform and be a playmaker, something the coaching staff at Oklahoma State really likes. But the staff seems to really like his ability on the defensive side of the ball.
“They really like my ball skills, how fast I am, and they also like how quick I can break on the ball and make a tackle or pick off the ball and score. I’m a ball hawk and my mentality is no matter what side of the ball I’m on, if the ball is in the air, it is mine.”
Lemons says he is firmly and 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State and plans to be heading back to Stillwater as many times he could, whether it is for a visit, a game, or both.