Katy lineman Birmingham signs with Oklahoma State
The anchor of one of the state’s best offensive lines is headed to Stillwater, Okla. Katy senior Cole Birmingham made it official this past month, signing his National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma State.
Birmingham was ranked No. 21 in the nation among offensive guards by Rivals and the top 75 prospects in Texas regardless of position. He was rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
The Cowboys finished 6-6 during the regular season, earning a Liberty Bowl bid against former conference foe Missouri. Birmingham was the only one from the Houston area of 20 OSU early signees.
A two-time, first-team all-district selection, Birmingham finished his high school career with a 49-6 record, highlighted by a 16-0 state champion in 2015.
He was key to a Katy offense that averaged 50 points per game this season, propelling the Tigers to an 11-2 season and a 10th straight undefeated district championship.
Katy averaged nearly 300 yards per game on the ground, producing 55 rushing touchdowns. Six different running backs averaged 5.4 yards per carry or better. The Tigers also completed 65 percent of their passes for 2,021 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Birmingham was one of seven Katy ISD players voted to the Associated Press all-state team, earning honorable mention.
Katy running back Deondrick Glass and Katy Taylor defensive lineman Braedon Mowry were first-team all-state selections.
Glass was an offensive finalist after recording 1,951 yards and 30 touchdowns, averaging 8.7 yards. Mowry finished with 23 TFL and 12 sacks to go with 66 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Taylor offensive lineman Andrew Coker and defensive back Braden Hay, Tompkins running back R.J. Smith and Cinco Ranch linebacker David Gbenda all made honorable mention.