High School

Played for coach John Walsh at Denton Guyer HS, filling a versatile roll as a defense back, linebacker, ball carrier, wide receiver and quarterback … Filled up the stat sheet as a senior, recording 64 tackles, nine passes defended and an interception on defense while totaling 243 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries, 261 receiving yards and one touchdown on 16 receptions and 63 passing yards with zero interceptions on 9-of-15 passing on offense … A second-team selection at safety to the 6-6A all-district team as a senior despite covering such a wide range of responsibilities on the team … Junior numbers included 61 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, six pass break ups and fumble recovery on defense and 293 receiving yards and touchdown on 18 catches on offense … Saw his first varsity action as a sophomore, totaling 56 tackles, five tackles for loss, a pass break up and a fumble recovery … Earned first-team all-district honors at linebacker as a junior and was a second-team all-district selection at safety as a sophomore … Also competed for the track and field team … Chose Oklahoma State over reported offers from TCU, UCLA, Colorado, Baylor, SMU, Kansas, Army, Air Force, Colorado State, Connecticut, Fresno State, New Mexico, North Texas and UTSA.

Personal

Thabo Mwaniki was born May 18, 1999, in Princeton, N.J. … Son of Juliet Mwaniki … His relative, Mathias Kiwanuka, played for Boston College and the New York Giants … Plans to study industrial engineering at Oklahoma State.

 

"He's one of those all-time kids. Played offense, defense, special teams. He played a little QB, receiver. That's kind of why we liked him. The best thing about all these defensive backs that we got is they play both sides of the ball. He's a really good athlete, physical kid. I think he could come in and play the position Jordan Sterns was at; play the safety spot. He is real smart, good in school. He wants to be an engineer. He's a no-brainer. Smart kid. Played both sides of the ball and tough."

-- Safeties Coach Dan Hammerschmidt