Maile Has Helped Tyler To A 3-1 Start

Oklahoma State commitment and current Tyler Junior College defensive lineman Motekiai Maile is still drawing attention, but it is not recruiting attention. The 6-3, 300-pound defensive lineman is playing end for the Apaches and he is getting plenty of attention in double teams and even some triple teams from opposing offensive linemen and tight ends.

"It's going great and it just continues to get better on defense, just stop the ball and stop the deep balls," Maile said following a late surge in a 58-31 win last Saturday in Tyler over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

"I tell the guys that I am here at TJC right now, but I tell the guys that I will look forward to getting to Oklahoma State. But right now my business is TJC and trying to win a conference and a national championship."

Maile was well aware of one spectator in the stands at Rose Stadium last Saturday. Oklahoma State defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was there watching. He has coached a number of players over his coaching career at Kansas State and currently has Ofa Hautau, Emmanuel Ogbah, and Vili Levini of Polynesian decent.

"I know he was here and I think he left home early for the day," Maile said. "I saw him on the sidelines but I did not get a chance to talk to him."

This week Tyler will try to add to its record hosting Cisco on Saturday. Maile despite the extra attention has nine tackles, five unassisted, a tackle for loss, and has broken up two passes.

He is expected to play inside at one of the tackle positions at OSU.


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