Oklahoma State picked up a verbal commitment today from Junior College defensive end Darius Hart. Hart, 6-6 and 250 pounds, is from Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.
"It's been on my mind for the last couple of weeks," Hart said. "The season just ended and I decided to go ahead and commit so I can concentrate on classes and get back in the weight room."
Hart committed to Ok-State over Louisville, Kansas State, Troy and Louisiana Tech. So why the Cowboys?
"I just felt good with players and I love the atmosphere. It's a real family atmosphere there. I also love what they are doing. I enjoyed the coaching staff and coach (Mike) Gundy is a players' coach. Actually, all the coaches are for the players. I think I have a good a chance to go in and get early playing time. I know if I work hard and gain a little weight I will have a great chance to make an early impact."
Hart was from Poplarville (Miss.) High School. When he graduated he was a lanky 6-4 and 195 pounds. He also thought he would be a basketball star, not a football player.
"When I first graduated I had no work ethic. I didn't sign with anyone and went to Pearl River. I thought I would make best of yet and I played both football and basketball that first year. I could hold my own on court but I realized that year I needed to play football. It's now my first love.
"I had a good second season and was pretty effective all year. I did what I had to do and make the plays when the plays need to be made. I am also good at chasing the ball."
Hart will graduate next month and have three years to play two.