Marcell Ateman chooses Oklahoma State

Standing nearly 6-foot-5 and weighing 200 pounds, Marcell Ateman (Wylie, Texas/Wylie East) is a physical problem for most defensive backs. Late Wednesday, the four-star receiver determined he would take his talents to the Big 12 Conference and become a potential menace there.

Ateman committed to Oklahoma State and became the Cowboys’ third commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. He joins fellow four-star receiver Fred Ross (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) and rising offensive tackle Jack Kurzu (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute Country Day School) in the class.

“I talked to Coach [Mike] Gundy and Coach [Todd] Monken and told them I committed,” said Ateman, who had more than a dozen offers. “It was the coaching staff and the way they came at me. They really showed me a lot of love.

“Plus, as you know, they throw the football around. I want to be a part of that and help them out.”

Ateman knows a thing or two about catching a lot of passes. The big receiver caught 67 passes for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2011 season, helping Wylie East to an 8-3 record and a trip to the Texas Class 4A Division II playoffs.

Ateman considered offers from Michigan, Arkansas and Texas Tech, as well as high interest from Ohio State. He is ranked No. 27 among all players in Texas and No. 33 among receivers nationally.