Cowboys Target Juco Defensive Tackle

It is no secret that Oklahoma State is looking for a couple of defensive tackles and at least one junior college defensive tackle as the Cowboy coaching staff works top complete their 2011 recruiting class. Defensive coordinator Bill Young and several other defensive assistants have been looking this fall as the Cowboys were out on the road a few days in the month of September.

One prospect in the juco ranks that caught their eyes and confirms he has been offered is Sylvester Williams from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, the unbeaten Jayhawk Conference leaders. The 6-3, 315-pound Williams is one that came to football from basketball, not one that football lost to the hardwood.

The explanation there is many coaches feel like the reason there are so few defensive tackles and ends out there is because many of the athletes that size wind up in basketball. But Williams left basketball and found football.

"I was a basketball player in high school," said Williams. "I didn't play football until my senior year at Jeff City (Jefferson City, Mo.) and I didn't play but in a few games.

"There were some schools really curious about my athletic ability and how I could develop, so that is why I ended up at Coffeyville. I guess you could say I'm one of those guys that got back in the game of football."

The Red Ravens have to be very glad of that as they are unbeaten and ranked third in the latest NJCAA poll in part because of their stout defense and Williams' contributions. He has 10 tackles for loss, a couple of sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles. He was also responsible for a safety in a 31-2 blowout win over Garden City.

"I'm power and finesse," said Williams of his playing style. "I'm big and strong and I can use my strength, but I also have good moves and I'm athletic and quick, so I can use those to get off blocks and make plays too,"

He told us that West Virginia recently offered a scholarship. The December grad is popular as he will be available soon and has three years to play two at the Division I level.

"Right now I would have to say Oklahoma State and Mississippi are my front runners," said Williams. "When I think about schools, those are the first two that come to mind. North Carolina recently offered and Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas State. There are a bunch but those are the ones I can name for you."

Others confirmed include Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, and Nebraska.

This week, No. 3 Coffeyville takes on Highlands Community College.

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