Maile Gives Details On His Commit To Cowboys

With the loss of both James Castleman and Ofa Hautau to graduation after the 2014 season, Oklahoma State will rely on young and talented defensive tackles in the future like Vincent Taylor and Ben Hughes. But there will be the need for an older player to mesh in with that group and the Cowboys coaches may have truly hit on that guy in Tyler Junior College defensive lineman Motekiai Maile.

The native of Euless, Texas and high school standout in the Bay Valley area of California made his commitment to Oklahoma State official on Monday. But reports are he had told the OSU coaches a couple of weeks ago that he was going to be a Cowboy. He confirmed as much for us in an interview last night after it got out on Twitter that he was committed to OSU.

"No, no, it's okay to talk about it. I know it (his commitment) is out there," Maile said and confirmed that the reason he was delaying was he wanted to personally inform the other coaches recruiting him that he was going to be a Cowboy.

"I just called Coach Anderson (TCU) and told him everything. It was Oklahoma State for me because I just loved the coaching staff and I was comfortable with them and knew they could coach me. I also knew that I could play right away. It was just what I was looking for."

Maile had also said it was important for him to be close to the Euless area. He was watching Sunday night at the camp at L.D. Bell that his little brother was participating in that was sponsored by Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division II powerhouse in Belton, Texas, but also had Oklahoma State and New Mexico coaches as guest camp instructors. Asked about his 6-1, 255-pound little brother, who will be a junior tight end at Euless Trinity High School this fall, Maile said, "He will probably be better than me."

As a freshman at Tyler J.C. last season, he had 30 tackles, 29 of those unassisted with 4.5 sacks for nearly 30 yards in losses. Good numbers for a defensive tackle. As for what Maile feels makes him a player that will succeed at Oklahoma State and the Big 12, he answered this way on that question.

"Just being able to run at my size," he added. "God blessed me with the athletic ability and the speed and size and I am going to use what he blessed me with."

Maile is the sixth verbal commitment to Oklahoma State in a class that is projected to include as many as 18 signees for 2015. He is the second defensive tackle in the class, but Taaj Bakari is a high school senior so Maile gives the position some immediate age and maturity for the 2015 season.

A note on that is that with his speed (estimated to be around 4.7 or 4.8) he lines up some at defensive end but can also play defensive tackle. Seeing him in person he is legit at the size that is reported.

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