Liberian Entrepreneur Embarks on Factory Construction

first_imgOne of Liberia’s youngest  entrepreneurs in Ganta City, Mr. Pharene Dekpa, is embarking on the construction of factory in the country in order to begin manufacturing some Liberian basic goods for the market.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Ganta on 22nd September 2014, he said that based on experiences gathered from around the world, it is prudent to have more factories in the country for some of the goods we import to be produced right here in Liberia. Mr. Pharene Dekpa, who began his business by selling from market to market, is now the CEO of DEKTA INC, a Liberia based business entity involved in multipurpose businesses, including the supplying dry cotton, plastic among other goods in Ganta and other parts of Liberia.His entity has begun importing motorcycles for the market bearing his entity name, “DEKTA,” to the citizens’ admiration.He said, his decision to import  different motorcycles is to bring quality motorbikes into  the market, looking at the terrain in our country.“Our bikes we are importing are more durable than the Safari ones that we were import.  Our bikes will bring new flavor into the market,” he said.Mr. Dekpa also explained that the Ebola crisis is hampering businesses due to daily increase in prices of basic  commodities such as rice, baking materials and among others.He also lamented that  monopoly given to some business entities in the country was hampering the importation of some essential goods, and this has caused a hike in the price of those goods.  He did not name any business entity, but said many commodities are restricted to a certain business entities in Liberia.Currently, the DEKTA Inc. is constructing a water factory in Ganta to boost the production of water in Nimba and this is said to be gaining momentum in Nimba.“We have a bigger dream when it comes to factories.  As  soon as we complete the mineral water factory we will build another factory that will produce some goods that we import here,” he said.However, Businessman Dekpah is calling on fellow business friends and the public at large to take all necessary Ebola Prevention very serious and abide by the Ministry of Health advice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trees replanted at Totem Mall after prior vandalism

first_imgThe RCMP are expected to release more details in the coming weeks. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The story has a happy ending. After trees were cut down at the Totem Mall and Trevor Bolin, Bob Zimmer, and the public pulled together to offer a reward to information on the suspects, the trees were replaced today.Rob Schlitt, mall administrator said they started today and it should be wrapped up by the end of today.He also commented on the community pulling together to help catch the suspects.“That was incredible. We certainly did enjoy the response the community had. I think it is more of a response to something happening to the community, I view it more that way then something that happened to the mall.”- Advertisement -Schlitt goes on to say he is glad that the trees have been replanted, but he also has advice for people who might think doing the same thing like that, is right.“I hope that the two young guys that they caught will learn and not do it again. I hope it sends a message to other people in the community that might do such things anywhere, not just the mall, anywhere that it isn’t acceptable.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Punch aimed at Lyon player by fan holding child at Everton

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Everton’s Ashley Williams celebrates after scoring during a Group E Europa League soccer match between Everton F.C. and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — Everton could face punishment from European soccer’s governing body after a fan holding a child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during a second-half melee at a Europa League game at Goodison Park.Everton captain Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While players continued to jostle in front of the fans, one Everton supporter, who was holding a child, appeared to push Lopes’ head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the goalkeeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The Lyon players noticed that and shouted in his direction before the situation cooled down.Referee Rob van de Ven produced a yellow card for Williams and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, with the former fortunate to perhaps escape further punishment having raised his hand in Lucas Tousart’s face.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s what happens. It’s football,” Williams told BT Sport television. “It’s high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times.”Williams went on to head in an equalizer for Everton soon after but Traore gave Lyon a 2-1 win. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH

first_img“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2last_img read more

French Open: Sania-Elena enter semi finals

first_imgSania Mirza and and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina shocked top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros on Monday.The seventh seeded Indo-Russian pair wrapped up the quarter-final in an hour and six minutes after blanking the Argentine-Italian duo in the first set. This is the first time that Sania has reached the women’s doubles semi-finals in a Grand Slam tournament.The quarter-final appearances in the 2007 US Open and 2008 Wimbledon were her best performances so far at the big stage. Sania and Vesnina take on the winners of the Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond – Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko clash in the semi-finals.Bopanna-Qureshi winIn men’s doubles, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul-haq Qureshi of Pakistan advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andrey Golubev and Denis Istomin.The fifth-seeded Indo-Pak pair downed the Kazak-Uzbek combination in an hour and nine minutes in the third round. It will be the third quarter-final appearance in the last four Grand Slams for Bopanna and Qureshi.They will take on top seeded American twins Mike and Bob Bryan, who defeated Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (6), 7-5 in their pre-quarterfinal.Bopanna and Qureshi had lost to the Bryan brothers in the US Open final last year. Bopanna is the only Indian surviving in the men’s doubles as the pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have made a shock second-round exit.It was more disappointment for Paes as his French Open campaign came to a halt when he and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic bowed out of the mixed doubles. The seventh seeds went down 7-6 (3), 6-3 to top seeds Katarina Srebotnik Slovakia and Serb Nenad Zimonjic in an hour and 19 minutes.advertisementThe Srebotnik-Zimonjic combination will take on the winners of the quarter-final between Russian Nadia Petrova and Jamie Murray of Britain, and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares Brazil.Second serve proved to the biggest weakness for Paes and Benesova they managed to win only per cent of points when they missed their first delivery. In contrast, Srebotnik and Zimonjic won 64 per cent points on their first serve, and 71 per cent with their second.The top seeds capitalised four of the six break point opportunities they got, while Paes and Benesova managed break serve three times from six chances.- With agency inputslast_img read more

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Named Top Three Heisman Favorite for 2017

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph heads into his senior season as one of the best quarterbacks in the country. To many, the Rock Hill, SC, native is one of the early favorites for the 2017 Heisman Trophy.In fact, according to Pro Football Focus, Rudolph is a top-3 favorite, only behind 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and fellow Big 12 quarterback Baker Mayfield. 10 early candidates for the 2017 Heisman Trophy: https://t.co/yC9greSZyxincluding #OKState QB Mason Rudolph pic.twitter.com/8h5pmiUY3o— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 16, 2017Rudolph finished the 2016 season with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He was also second in the conference both in passing efficiency and passing yards per game. Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo was complimentary about the OSU signal caller.Rudolph can get the ball down the field in Oklahoma State’s offense, as his 1,691 yards on deep passes led all Power-5 quarterbacks, and his 125.4 passer rating on deep throws led the nation.Rudolph’s chances could come down to Oklahoma State’s ability to run the table in the Big 12 and much like this year, it may be a late-season battle with Oklahoma that determines the conference and Rudolph’s Heisman chances.Do you think Mason Rudolph should be a preseason Heisman candidate? Leave your opinions below in the comments!last_img read more

Gundy, OSU Placing Value On Non-Traditional Recruits

first_imgBoth of the Oklahoma State football team’s two glaring holes coming into the 2017 season were filled in exactly 13 hours.ESPN’s Jake Trotter reported at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday that Adrian Baker, former Clemson cornerback and graduate transfer, had committed his final year of eligibility to the Cowboys. Then at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, he reported that Aaron Cochran, fellow grad transfer and former Cal offensive tackle, decided on Stillwater, too.Had neither chose OSU, freshmen Rodarius Williams (corner) and Dylan Galloway (tackle) would have probably been the projected starters in 2017.With recent non-traditional commits such as Baker, Cochran and Tyron Johnson, who is eligible this season, coach Mike Gundy and his staff have clearly placed added emphasis on using diversity in their recruiting to bolster or fill spots on the depth chart.It not easy though, he said; graduate transfers are smart. They know what they want, and they know what they are looking for in a program, he said. Some, probably like Cochran, are looking for more wins and a bowl game. Others, probably like Baker, are after more playing time, especially after tearing his ACL last year.“It’s a completely different world in so-called recruiting them than a high school player – because they know, and they know exactly what they’re looking for,” said Gundy.Gundy has clearly figured out how to live in that world. Here is a list of the non-traditional proven standouts on the OSU roster for the past three seasons as a reference:Larry Williams (Transferred from East Carolina/Hutchinson CC)Chad Whitener (Transferred from Cal)Tralund Webber (Transferred from Blinn College)DeQuinton Osborne (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Barry J. Sanders (Grad transfer from Stanford)Lenzy Pipkins (Grad transfer from Louisiana-Monroe)Jordan Burton (Transferred from Kilgore JC)Chris Carson (Transferred from Butler CC)Derrick Moncrief (Transferred from Auburn)Devante Averette (Transferred from Ellsworth CC)Victor Salako (Transferred from UAB)Motekiai Maile (Transferred from Tyler JC)Michael Hunter (Grad transfer from Indiana)This doesn’t even include Johnson (LSU) and Patrick Macon (Arizona Western), both of whom could factor into OSU’s rotation this season. Of course if the right voice leads the way, preferably a player, that school is going to have a better chance at landing him. But that means an honest voice, not a PR-type one.Gundy said he tells recruits to visit with as many current players as possible on their visits because they are the ones who can give the most accurate representation of the school and what it has to offer athletically. Again, that’s not to say if you talk to enough people, eventually one is going to say the right thing.“We’re not and the players probably aren’t smart enough to program them into saying what we want them to say,” Gundy said. “They’re gonna tell it like it is.”Senior safety Tre Flowers is one of those guys. He said he hosted Baker on his visit before he committed Tuesday. He was as honest as he could be, he said. He tells recruits, especially Baker, that the coaches are bringing them to Stillwater for a reason, and it’s not to ride the bench. He said that’s why he is at OSU.“(My hosts) told me it was a family atmosphere,” Flowers said. “I wouldn’t want to build anything off any lies.”He said he feels like the culture at OSU provides recruits the best opportunity, “in the big picture,” which is why the Cowboys have signed so many fifth-year players.The first relationship is always the most important. Gundy said for visits, he pairs graduate transfers, and all other recruits for that matter, with players from the team based on hometown, position and background. With an emphasis on the third item in that list.If the Cowboys have a two-year player who has made the adjustment, he will likely be called to show another potential two-year player or graduate transfer around.“You’re coming into a new culture, and a lot has to happen in a short amount of time for a fifth-year guy to adjust and play and have success,” Gundy said. “He only has two months to get used to it.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State vs. the Big 12: Where the Cowboys Recruiting Class Stacks up in the Conference

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With the new signing period enacted and set to go into effect in December, the option for prospects to sign is bumped up by two months. That means signing day can be just seven months away for those that wish to ink with the Pokes early.As it stands in mid-May, OSU’s recruiting class is ranked second in the Big 12 behind the surging Texas Longhorns, who bumped Mike Gundy off the top spot recently despite a strong April. But star rankings don’t exactly tell the whole story of the strengths (or weaknesses) of the entire class, and that’s especially true of Oklahoma State.So with that in mind, we’ll break down each position group and how OSU stacks up among the conference elite.QuarterbackOklahoma State: Mike Yurcich reeled in Denton Ryan dual-threat quarterback Spencer Sanders as the first commitment of the 2018 class, and it couldn’t have been a better grab for OSU. He’s a strong runner and downfield passer, and he’s ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in Texas by ESPN.Rest of Big 12: The best quarterback recruit in the 2018 class committed in the Big 12 outside of OSU is Cameron Rising, a former Sooners commit who recently flipped to Texas. That gives the Longhorns two four-star quarterbacks in their 2018 class to go alongside Southmoore’s Casey Thompson. I think Sanders is the better prospect between the two, but my basic math skills tell me two four-stars is better than one four-star.Winner: TexasRunning backOklahoma State: After bringing in two big-time talents for 2017 under Marcus Arroyo, OSU is switching gears with a new running backs coach. New relationships and some new targets is a big reason why OSU has yet to land a running back in the 2018 class.Rest of Big 12: Not many schools have a well-rounded recruiting class at this stage in the game, but without question the best prospect committed to a Big 12 school is four-star IMG Academy all purpose back T.J. Pledger — an Oklahoma commit. Pledger is a 5-foot-8 190-pound prospect who packs a punch and is ranked as the 37th overall prospect in the 2018 class.Winner: OklahomaWide receiver/tight endOklahoma State: OSU has reeled in two pass catchers to this point — Union wide receiver C.J. Moore and Frisco area tight end Nic McTear. OSU has the luxury of selecting quality over quantity in that department, as Moore picked OSU over Ohio State, and McTear is committed despite offers from Baylor, LSU and a slew of others.Rest of Big 12: Baylor is the only school that can compete in this department to this point. With four commitments at wide receiver, it certainly has the quantity. However Baylor does not have a tight end in the fold, and the overall talent of those four isn’t anywhere near Moore, who is as close a can’t-miss prospect OSU has landed at receiver since Dez Bryant.Winner: Oklahoma StateOffensive lineOklahoma State: Josh Henson has already earned a year’s salary in three months landing four high school linemen and filling out his class for the 2018 cycle. He’s got a center in Tyrese Williams, he a guard in Bryce Bray, and he has landed two tackles in Hunter Anthony and Hunter Woodard.Rest of Big 12: The best overall prospect committed to a Big 12 school is Southmoore’s Brey Walker, a Sooners commit. But he’s the only offensive lineman in the class for Bob Stoops.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive lineOklahoma State: OSU’s 2018 defensive line class likely won’t be deep, as most of its major contributors will remain on the roster after this season. Joe Bob Clements has landed one defensive end in the class — Sachse prospect Tyler Lacy. He has several other big names he’s eyeing.Rest of Big 12: Oklahoma landed Union defensive tackle Jordan Kelley over the Cowboys, but at this point the West Virginia Mountaineers boast the deepest D-line group. WVU has just five commitments in its class, but three are defensive linemen who chose to commit despite multiple offers to other Division I programs.Winner: West VirginiaLinebackerOklahoma State: Depending on where recent commit Kolby Peel plays (he plays safety but might be better suited at outside linebacker), OSU might be the only school with multiple commitments at linebacker. Inside backer Blake Barron is a solid inside run stuffer similar to Chad Whitener with solid lateral agility and an ability to run the field.Rest of Big 12: Texas commit Byron Hobbs was a wanted man before opting to stay in state. But he’s the only linebacker recruit in Texas’ 2018 class.Winner: Oklahoma StateDefensive backOklahoma State: Brownfield athlete Jaelyn Nolan plays quarterback in high school and has the athleticism to play defensive back for Oklahoma State, but at this point it’s unclear where he’ll line up in Stillwater. That leaves OSU defensive back-less for the class.Rest of Big 12: Texas flipped one of the top safeties in the 2018 class from LSU recently — Jordan Sterns younger brother, Caden Sterns. He’s the only defensive back committed to the Longhorns, but he’s going to be an absolute nightmare for Big 12 quarterbacks for years to come.Winner: TexasSpecialistsOklahoma State: Nada.Rest of Big 12: Texas is the only school with a kicker in the fold — three-star prospect Cameron Dicker.Winner: Texaslast_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 72 Johnny Wilson

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we continue through the meat of Oklahoma State’s offensive line, we turn to one of the more important reserves on the team.How he got to OSUWilson was originally recruited by former OL coach Bob Connelly during his lone season at OSU. A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout ranked him the No. 34 tackle in the 2015 class. Wilson accepted his first scholarship offer (from OSU) and basically shut down his recruitment. That may shed light on his only three reported offers.what he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Wilson spent 2016 behind three-year starter Brad Lundblade at center. He did see reps against Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Wilson has put on 40 pounds since arriving as a 6-3, 270-pound prospect. He’s shown the coaching staff that he’s more than capable of filling in at center or even guard if need be.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Projects to continue his role as backup center. Could see time at guard. As long as injury doesn’t thrust him into a starting role, it will be more interesting to see what he does beyond 2017. With the Cowboys set to break in a new QB after Mason Rudolph takes his talents to Sundays, Wilson will be in competition with Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore for the starting spot.Moore will sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and both will be juniors to start 2018. His experience will be crucial whether he vies for starting time this year or next.Noteworthy stats and highlightsPrior to his freshmen year at OSU, Wilson was selected to the USA under-19 team that faced off against Canada in the 2015 International Bowl.last_img read more