Oklahoma State University had been coveting South Miami point guard Zack Dawson for some time.
But he wasn’t the only gem the Cowboys spotted when they took a closer look at the Cobras boys’ basketball program.
On Thursday morning, both Dawson, a 6-4 point guard, and Latravian Glover, South Miami’s 6-7 center that projects to play small forward in college, signed with Oklahoma State during a ceremony at the school gym.
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Dawson committed to the Cowboys in June after weighing options from several schools including Louisville, Arizona, Florida Gulf Coast, FIU, UCF, Kansas State and Iowa State.
"I’m just really thankful to all my family and my coaches," Dawson said. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and felt it was the best choice for me and my family. I know the system they run over there and it should be able to help both me and Latravian have a chance to play right away."
Dawson averaged 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game last season while leading the Cobras to the Class 8A state final four.
Glover missed most of last season with a torn meniscus of his left knee that kept him out during South Miami’s state run.
But his return to the lineup promises to give the Cobras a strong inside presence that could deliver the school’s first state championship.
Both players are regarded as solid additions to an OSU squad that is entering its first season under the guidance of coach Brad Underwood, who led Stephen F. Austin to the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons and compiled an 89-14 record during that span.
"I got hurt less than a year and just worked really hard to make this day happen," Glover said. "Being able to play with Zack and I felt like their program is a great place where I can better myself and make the best of an opportunity for myself and my family."
Columbus had a pair of baseball players sign Thursday with ACC schools. Shortstop Christian Rodrigues signed with Wake Forest and third baseman Mike Fernandez signed with Virginia Tech.
Gulliver pitcher Robert Touron signed with UM.
Westminster Academy volleyball standout Jenna Boland signed with Stetson.