Spring Notebook: Tim Duffie To Coach Safeties

Former Texas Tech linebacker Tim Duffie brings a lot to the table as he put in his second day on the practice field as an Oklahoma State assistant coach on Thursday. Duffie, who has coached at UTEP, Colorado State and most recently one season at Wake Forest, is capable of coaching several spots on defense but will coach safeties for the Cowboys.

"He is going to coach the safeties, and Van (Malone) is going to coach the corners, so he has great expertise and he has coached it all back there, but we think he will do a great job with the safeties," said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer.

"We had an opening here before on our side of the ball and Tim's name came up from some people in the profession we really trust, not only myself but Coach Gundy. For whatever reason it didn't work out that time.

"When that happens on one go around and somebody speaks so highly and you've got tremendous guys in the profession that have won a lot of games and you've been on their staff and they stand on the table for that guy, you file that away. When we had another opportunity and started researching again, we like his expertise back there," said Spencer.

Spencer said with all the intangibles it was during the interview with Duffie, and the X's and O's discussion that Duffie went over the top.

"He is good and when I interviewed him and got him on the board he knew the issues and he knew the answers," Spencer added. "More than that his recruiting experience in Texas and we knew we wanted that as part of it. he keeps you a step ahead because he's had that area as long as he's been coaching."

More Recruits on Hand
The big recruit in attendance for Thursday's spring practice in more ways than one was Lemaefe Galeai out of Euless (Trinity), Texas. The 6-4, 310-pound offensive guard prospect made the trip to Stillwater with his parents and his younger brother Tauia, who is a defensive end prospect in the 2015 class.

He goes by Lem, and he is one big young man that is a two-year starter for the powerhouse Trojans program.

Also, Lawton (MacArthur), Okla., linebacker Mitchell Fritts and his father were at the practice. Fritts is a 6-0, 215-pound hard-hitting defender that had 91 tackles, three interceptions, four fumbles forced, and three fumbles recovered last season.

In addition to Oklahoma State, he is being pursued by the likes of Kansas State, Tulsa and Nebraska. Slightly undersized, you watch his tape and he is one of the best form-tackling high school defenders that I've seen in while.

Zach Wright out of New Braunfels, Texas was also in Stillwater with his parents and a younger brother. It is spring break in a lot of districts in Texas, allowing kids to travel around and scope out schools. Wright is a 6-2, 235-pound defensive end prospect who has earned back-to-back all-district honors.

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