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Oklahoma State's Justice Hill runs into the end zone against Oklahoma during the Bedlam football game at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, November 4, 2017. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

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

Offense

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

Defense

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

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