Houston major Bill White could give the key to the city to Oklahoma State coaches, but it appears they already have their own. The Cowboy coaches have already received verbal commitments from Houston stars Michael Goodson, Donnell Williams, Patrick Lavine, Shane Jarka and DeMarcus Connor.
With this official visit weekend holding several Houston visitors to Stillwater, the staff can now add two more to the commitment list. Houston (Texas) Yates athlete and OSU quarterback target Orie Lemon and Angleton running back Keith Toston threw their names into the "Cowboy" hat.
"I committed this weekend," said Lemon boarding a flight back from Stillwater. "It was real nice. I love the surrounding from the weight room to the stadium. I just loved everything about it. I know everyone says this but it's a home away from Houston."
Lemon, ranked as the No. 57 overall prospect in the state of Texas threw for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior season while making a playoff run. He has been recruited to play quarterback for the Cowboys, which has been a big sticking point with the multi-purpose athlete.
Many schools were recruiting Lemon away from his high school signal-caller position, but the Cowboys are giving him that chance and that made all the difference.
"They are going to give me a shot at quarterback and that's all I can ask," Lemon said.
Lemon (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) had offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Houston and Arizona State, but says he will not be taking any more visits.
Toston, the No. 50 overall prospect in the state rushed for 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns as senior. His trip this weekend made his decision an easy one as well.
"The trip was great and I committed. I really got along with the other guys," Toston said on his drive back from Stillwater. "It seems like half of the team is from Houston, which makes it nice. I know a handful of them from playing. They are giving me an opportunity at running back and I'd like to start contributing right away."
Toston also had offers from Kansas State, Iowa State, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska.