Joe Bob Clements has had a busy (and successful) start to 2018. After losing Israel Antwine just before early signing day, the Oklahoma State defensive line coach was back to the drawing board. Michael Scott (Trinity Valley C.C.) and Tyler Lacy (Sachse, TX) were the lone d-linemen committed to the Cowboys until JBC made a few moves:
January 21, 2018
January 21, 2018
BOOM!!! JBC pulls in two guys in two days!
Amadou Fofana, a native of Memphis, is coming to Stillwater by way of Highland C.C. in Kansas. First thing I noticed about the guy... HE’S HUGE. He’s listed at 6’5/270lbs. Rob Glass should be smiling when he sees this kid walking through the door. Fofana only played one year at Highland C.C., so it’s assumed that he would have three years of eligibility for the Cowboys.
Samuela Tuihalamaka is coming in from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. He’s listed at 6’2/275lbs and will do his damage from in between the guards. Will Tuihalamaka be the next Polynesian success story to come out of Oklahoma State? Props to player development coach, Beni Tonga, on the Stockton-esque assist on this signing.
As for the 2019 recruiting class, Joe Bob Clements has been hard at work. Oklahoma State already has Grayson Boomer, a highly rated 4-star tight end, committed to the Pokes. Coach Gundy and Coach Clements may be looking for a defensive lineman to join the ‘19 class and help start the class out strong. Sometimes, recruiting is like lining up dominoes. If you can line up a few commitments in the beginning, more commitments will start to follow at a consistent rate. We just need a partner for Grayson to start that domino train (Australian punters aside, sorry Tom.)
New 2019 Class Offers
Carl Williams - DT - Lufkin, TX
Williams is a monster out of Lufkin, TX. He’s listed at 6’4/310lbs and has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, TCU & more. This is guy is big time and will make a difference for the school he attends from day 1. 247Sports has rated Williams a three-star player and predicts the big man to end up committed to the Oklahoma Gooners. Boooooo!
Very humbled to receive my 9th offer from Oklahoma State University!!! pic.twitter.com/zxxqbYz2wt— Carl Williams (@tx_royalty) January 19, 2018
Taurean Carter II - DE - Mansfield, TX
I have a feeling that the recruitment of Mansfield Legacy High School’s Taurean Carter is about to blow up. The three-star defensive end is listed at 6’3/250lbs and has offers from Michigan State, SMU, Southern Miss, UTSA and just recently picked up an offer from Florida. You can bet that more offers are on the way. Luckily, Oklahoma State got in early and has already had him on campus for Junior Day.
Extremely Blessed to receive an offer from Oklahoma State University ⚫️!!! #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/6BAd29uPNl— Taurean CarterII (@KingCvrterII) January 20, 2018
T’Vondre Sweat - DE - Huntsville, TX
T’Vondre Sweat is one of the best defensive ends in Texas, and alllllll the Texas schools want him to stay in-state. He has picked up offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston and more. Hey T’Vondre, Texas is nice, but Oklahoma is pretty cool too! And we’re not too far away! Sweat is listed at 6’3/249lbs and has some speed to go along with that size.
Bless to receive my 12th offer from Oklahoma state thanks coach @joebobclements #cowboys pic.twitter.com/W1DZSp4Y2L— T sweat (@Tvondre_) January 24, 2018
Hunter Spears - DT - Sachse, TX
Joe Bob Clements is targeting his second d-lineman from Sachse, TX in two consecutive years. Tyler Lacy decided the Pokes was the best fit for him, and hopefully his teammate, Hunter Spears, will feel the same way this upcoming year. It wont be easy though. Spears is well sought after and JBC is going to have his work cut out for him. Spears is listed at 6’4/280lbs and has offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, TCU, Texas Tech, Cal and more.
#AGTG This one is for you Grampy! Blessed beyond belief to announce that I have received an offer from Oklahoma State University #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/KIajEjiMTL— Hunter Spears (@Thehunterspears) January 24, 2018
Despite the new offers, you can bet that Coach Joe Bob Clements is still going hard after Oklahoma State’s top two targets, DT DeMarvin Leal and DE Marcus Hicks.
Top 5 (Not In Order ) pic.twitter.com/Yv1LvbO6lW— 9 (@boimarv9) January 5, 2018
Thank you,@CoachGundy and,@joebobclements. Had a great day with,@harcus_micks for Junior Day! pic.twitter.com/RVOAFdVTMe— Kelvin Hicks (@khicks71467) January 20, 2018
It would be incredible for Coach Gundy and Coach Clements to land two or three of these guys. The Oklahoma State defensive line has five players that will be seniors next season. That leaves the door open for some of the younger guys to step into their roles after the 18-19 season. Replacing guys in the defensive trenches should be of the utmost importance to the coaching staff in this 2019 recruiting class.