In the latest edition of Loyal and True, a feature of stories about the Oklahoma State Cowboys football program, walk-on linebacker Dillon Rake talked about his transition from baseball to football at Oklahoma State.
As a walk-on, Rake also shared his experiences during the process of joining the team.
On the walk-on process
“I found out I made the team pretty much right off the bat. They told me right after Thanksgiving. After that you go through the normal walk-on process where we ran a 40 and did all of our testing. Then they pretty much took me and three other guys straight into the off-season. The other walk-ons waited until spring ball to join the team, but they put the four of us straight into off-season and we started going from there.”
On the daily life for an OSU walk-on
“At a lot of schools it’s very segregated between walk-ons and scholarship players. Here I feel like I’m treated like I’m on scholarship and there’s really no difference. People call me the walk-on and talk to me like a walk-on and stuff like that, but when it comes to the team and it comes to the camaraderie of everybody, nobody treats any of us any differently, and we don’t treat any of the scholarship players any differently. We’re a team and we play as a team and everyone realizes that.”
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