Travis Britz, Pups Best Defensive Linemen

How many times do we say or do we write it is so hard to find really good defensive linemen, especially defensive tackles? We can say it again after Oklahoma State's mini-camp Sunday as there weren't a lot of top flight Division I prospects for the 2012 recruiting class that we observed. Now the biggest camper of the day and some really promising 2013 prospects were in attendance.

We did like the look of Missourian Travis Britz. The 6-4, 280-pound defensive end/tackle prospect out of Harrisonville, Mo., looked good. He moved well and did well with the drill work.

Some further investigation on our part revealed that he had 99 tackles last season, 30 unassisted and three sacks with one fumble recovery and, more important, three fumbles caused. Britz looked pretty solid and is a player to keep an eye on.

You could not miss the biggest camper of the day in Oklahoma City Heritage Hall's Jarred Stewart, who is just going to be a junior. It will give him some time to lose some weight and at a sleeker frame he might be a guy to look at. Stewart is 6-5 and the talk was he weighed in at more than 400 pounds. I'll bet you that Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert get him in better shape for this fall and he will be an important player for the Chargers.

Now of the class of 2013, a pair of Texans in Plano East defensive end Blake Pyatt and John Tyler defensive end Tyus Bowser (he ran really well) both caught our eye.

There were also some young defensive tackles besides Stewart. Kenny Howard from North Little Rock, Ark., one of many kids at the camp from that Arkansas school, is a 6-2, 300-pound plus junior. Out of Oklahoma you had to like the looks of Thurman Smith of Tulsa McLain who looked about 6-2, 300 pounds as well. Two others we liked were Tulsa Memorial product Novis Cullom (6-2, 290) and defensive end Blake Gordon (6-2, 235) out of Stroud.

Next year would appear to be a good one for defensive linemen in Oklahoma.


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