Thyer Has Good Visit To Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State got some bad news this week when defensive tackle Sylvester Williams of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College chose to sign with North Carolina. However, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College product and Miami, Okla., native Caleb Thyer, a potential walk-on candidate, made the trip to Stillwater on Saturday.

The 6-2, 285-pound Thyer was a likely Division I prospect before he tore the ACL in his right knee in the third game of the season, an upset of top-ranked and defending national champion Blinn (Texas). In fact, Oklahoma State was evaluating him when he tore his ACL.

In the first three games, Thyer had 21 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack. Good numbers in three games for an inside technique defensive lineman.

However, the injury really set him back.

"It really hurt me in recruiting," said Thyer. "Emporia (Kansas) State offered me but it isn't real big and it seemed like to me it wasn't even like leaving NEO. It wasn't a good fit for me. Pitt State (Kan.) has said they are trying to put a scholarship together for me. I know this if I walk-on, I will definitely walk-on at Oklahoma State.

"It (the visit) was great," said Thyer as he made the trip along with his parents. "Everything looked pretty good and the facilities are so nice. This is definitely something that I need to consider doing."

Thyer said a hang up is that he will not likely be released from his knee injury for full participation until May. But he could be in Stillwater going to meetings, learning the defense, and rehabbing in the OSU facility. The alternative is staying at NEO and picking up classes while working out there and continuing his rehab with the doctors that have been treating him and did the surgery. He did say he felt the knee was doing pretty good.

"It seems like it is coming along a lot better," said Thyer. "Wednesday I began running some. When I injured my left knee (ACL) in high school I had to get on an unloader at first that helped support the knee. This time I just jumped on the treadmill and took off. Not full speed or anything, just a jog, but it is better. My left knee never gives me any trouble, so I'm hoping for the same out of the right."

Thyer is a tough player having seen him play in person. He is a player that has a motor that runs all the time and on every play.


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