Oklahoma State has added two potential starters via the graduate transfer market.
Adrian Baker, a former Clemson cornerback, told ESPN.com Tuesday that he will play his final season of college football for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys. Gundy was certainly excited when he heard the news:
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) April 12, 2017
And after landing Baker Tuesday night, former Cal offensive lineman Aaron Cochran announced Wednesday he has also committed to play for the Cowboys.
Glad to say that I'll be continuing my collegiate football career at Oklahoma State University! #GoPokes
— Aaron Cochran (@Cochran_Aaron) April 12, 2017
Baker missed the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL but saw significant action, including three starts, in 2015. He tallied two interceptions in 2015 and one in 2014, when he appeared in four games for the Tigers. He redshirted in 2013.
Baker joins an Oklahoma State defense that was No. 98 in the country in passing yards allowed, but still ranked in the top half in that category among teams in the pass-happy Big 12. Still, the team does not return any corners with starting experience in 2017 after moving Ramon Richards to safety. Per the Tulsa World, senior Darius Curry, sophomores A.J. Green and Madre Harper and redshirt freshman Rodarius Williams have been in the mix with the No. 1 defense at corner throughout spring practice. Expect Baker to jump in with that group.
Baker, who told ESPN.com he chose OSU over Houston and UCF, said he will arrive in Stillwater after finishing out this semester at Clemson.
Cochran started 16 games for Cal over the past two seasons and will likely slide into a starting role for OSU as well, presumably at left tackle. He chose Oklahoma State over Auburn and Texas Tech.
Cochran chose Oklahoma State over Auburn, Texas Tech.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) April 12, 2017
The Cowboys won 10 games in 2016 but again finished second in the Big 12 behind in-state rival Oklahoma. The additions of Baker and Cochran only add to a group that was expected to compete with the Sooners for the conference crown.
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