Two For One: New Orleans Standouts Pick OSU

We talked to both of Oklahoma State's newest pledges as both were hanging out Sunday at Juway Offray's house after returning from Oklahoma State and Saturday's one-day minicamp. Both Offray, an under-recruited cornerback who was being recruited by Nebraska, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech, and defensive lineman Joyan (pronounced Joy-on) Williams did commit to the Cowboys.

The two New Orleans (Edna Karr) standouts were big reasons for Karr's Louisiana Class 4A state championship last season. The pair were part of a group of six players and several coaches that vanned to Stillwater from New Orleans over the weekend.

Juway Offray was impressive in the camp including running, drills, and one-on-one competition. Apparently, the Oklahoma State defensive staff took quick notice and didn't waste time with an offer, and Offray was equally fast on the response with a commitment.

Sunday, he said that he ran a 4.49. Offray is also a centerfielder for Karr in baseball. That is a good position to indicate that he knows how to track down the ball, although, that was evident in his work in camp. The 5-11, 170-pound Offray said he is done.

"Yes sir, recruiting is over for me," he said before handing the phone to Williams.

There had been talk of Joyan Williams committing to Oklahoma State earlier this spring, but the face to face contact with Williams and his coach on Saturday had to help. Williams said he is very familiar with Eric Henderson, the current OSU defensive graduate assistant and former Cincinnati Bengals and Georgia Tech defensive lineman.

Henderson, who played for OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer at Georgia Tech, has proven to be a good recruiter and a great connection to New Orleans and especially to Edna Karr, his high school alma mater.

"I've known him for years," said Williams when asked about Henderson. "He's a good guy. He's part of that feeling at Oklahoma State. It feels like home to me and the environment and how close everybody is. That's a lot like it is at Karr.

"The coaches, like Coach Henderson and Coach (Joe Bob) Clements and Coach Spencer, it is about growing up and being a man as much as it is football."

Speaking of being a man, Williams is every bit that on the football field as he is just a little bit over 6-2 and weighs around 275 pounds. Last season for the 4A state champs he had 76 tackles, 12 sacks, and an interception.

Williams told me he had offers from Miami (just last week), OU, Arizona State, Tennessee, Mississippi State, ULM, ULL, Southern Miss, and Tulane.

Landing a pair from Edna Karr is pretty impressive. Just like that the Cowboys commitment list is now sitting at eight, five in the past week or so.

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