Oklahoma State nation is fixated on the recruitment of Dax Hill, the five-star safety from Tulsa set to star at Booker T. Washington this fall.
But it’s two alumni from his high school -- including his brother -- who headline Oklahoma State’s roster in 2018.
Running back Justice Hill and defensive end Jordan Brailford, both former Hornets, were two of the three Cowboys named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, as voted on by the media covering the league. Left guard Marcus Keyes was the third.
The three selections are tied for third-most in the conference behind Oklahoma (7) and West Virginia (4).
The selection is no surprise for Hill, an All-Big 12 first teamer a year ago. The running back has 2,609 rushing yards in two seasons in Stillwater, including 14 career 100-yard games. He enters the season as a Doak Walker Award contender and as the centerpiece of OSU’s offense.
After struggling through injuries for the first half of his college career, Brailford emerged as a force in 2017, gaining a reputation for his hustle and commitment to finishing plays. He finished with 57 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss, earning him second-team All-Big 12 honors.
Keyes, a Port Allen, Louisiana native, will enter his third season as a starter. The junior made the Associated Press All-Big 12 team after his sophomore season.
The Big 12 preseason poll comes out on Thursday.
All Big 12 team
QB: Will Grier, West Virginia
RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State; Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma; Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
WR: Denzel Mims, Baylor; Marquise Brown, Oklahoma; David Sills, West Virginia
TE: Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
OL: Dalton Risner, Kansas State; Bobby Evans, Oklahoma; Ben Powers, Oklahoma; Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State; Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
PK: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma
KR/PR: KaVontae Turpin, TCU
DL: JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State; Daniel Wise, Kansas; Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State; Ben Banogu, TCU; Breckyn Hager, Texas
LB: Joe Dineen, Kansas; Dakota Allen, Texas Tech; David Long, West Virginia
DB: Brian Peavy, Iowa State; Kendall Adams, Kansas State; Kris Boyd, Texas; Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech; Justus Parker, Texas Tech
P: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma