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John Tyler’s Fred Ross Switches Commitment to Mississippi State; Tyus Bowser Commits to Houston

John Tyler’s (from left) Fred Ross, Tyus Bowser, Darion Flowers and Justice Liggins. (Christopher Vinn,

In just a matter of days, Oklahoma State lost two of the best football recruits from East Texas.

One week after defensive end Tyus Bowser decommitted from OSU, John Tyler receiver Fred Ross did the same. Ross will sign with Mississippi State and Bowser will sign with Houston on Wednesday on National Signing Day, per a text message from JT coach Ricklan Holmes on Tuesday night.

Ross is ranked second in our latest ETSN 25 recruiting rankings. ranks him as a four-star recruit and No. 26 among all recruits in Texas. has Ross ranked 50th among recruits in the state.

As for Bowser, he commits to Houston after being committed to OSU for only five days. He decommitted last week before making the decision to join Lions quarterback Greg Ward with the Cougars.

Holmes also announced in his text message that defensive back Darion Flowers will sign with Sam Houston State; wide receiver Justice Liggins with Stephen F. Austin; linebacker Richard Gipson with Lamar; Elliot Hart with Tarleton State; and DeQuante Woods and Traven Johnson with Texas A&M-Commerce.

Six JT players — KaVante Jefferson, Devonte Humber, Jamarcus Warren, Necolas Edwards, Porfirio Benitez and Noe Diaz — will sign with Texas College in Tyler on Wednesday, and offensive lineman Emmanuel Terrazas will sign with Central Arkansas as a preferred walk-on.

All of the Lions will sign their national letters of intent at 9 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 6) at John Tyler High School.

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