STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State football is on a roll with three commitments in a span of a few hours as former Michigan State running back Elijah Collins announced his pledge to the Pokes on Saturday evening. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound graduate transfer has one year of eligibility remaining.
Collins was the second-leading rusher for Michigan State this season, totaling 318 yards and six touchdowns on 70 carries. He average 4.5 yards per attempt. He appeared in all 12 games and also provided three tackles on special teams.
Collins had spent the past five years at Michigan State where he appeared in a total of 42 games, rushing for 1,506 yards and 11 touchdowns on 353 carries. He averaged 4.3 yards per attempt during his time with the Spartans. Collins had his most-productive season in 2019 as a redshirt freshman when he led Michigan State in rushing with 988 yards and five touchdowns on 222 attempts.
A product of Detroit (Mich.) University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Collins was rated as a high three-star prospect in the 2018 class by 247Sports. He ranked as the No. 30 running back and No. 10 overall recruit regardless of position in Michigan.
Oklahoma State was in search of a transfer running back after former commit Sean Tyler flipped his pledge to Minnesota on Friday. Collins will add depth to an Oklahoma State running back room that lost starter and leading rusher Dominic Richardson to the transfer portal. The Cowboys still have several young backs in Ollie Gordon, Deondre Jackson and Jaden Nixon that will contribute heavily in 2023.
The latest addition of Collins gives Oklahoma State 12 transfer pledges in this cycle. He joins quarterback Alan Bowman (Michigan), wide receiver Arland Bruce IV (Iowa), offensive lineman Dalton Cooper (Texas State), defensive lineman Anthony Goodlow (Tulsa), cornerback Kenneth Harris (Arkansas State), tight end Josiah Johnson (UMass), wide receiver Leon Johnson III (George Fox), defensive lineman Justin Kirkland (Utah Tech), offensive lineman Noah McKinney (UNLV), wide receiver De’Zhaun Stribling (Washington State) and linebacker Justin Wright (Tulsa).
Oklahoma State ranks No. 39 in the 247Sports Composite Overall Recruiting Rankings, which takes into account not only the ratings of high school and JUCO additions, but also players pulled in from the transfer portal. The Cowboys are positioned seventh in the Big 12 Conference race ahead of West Virginia, Iowa State and Kansas.
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