The closer I got the more I recognized Cowboys mid-year junior college transfer Motekiai Maile from Tyler Junior College. The last time I saw Maile in person was the night Tyler defeated NEO A&M J.C. in the Little Rose Bowl on Earl Campbell Field 58-31.
"That was a wild game because we had a big lead and then came roaring back and tied the game and then we jumped out again," Maile remembered. "That whole league is crazy and it is really tough to defend all those offenses.
"I don't know if there is any junior college league in America close to that. I know we were eliminated in the championship game in the conference and we worked all week on a new game plan that we thought fit Trinity Valley and then they come out with a whole new plan on offense. That is just the way that league is."
It has prepared Maile for Oklahoma State and the Big 12. Asked how much he was weighing, Maile said he is 307 pounds. He is the most slim looking 307 pounds that I have seen.
He played defensive end and defensive tackle at Tyler and will likely play defensive tackle at Oklahoma State, but he is athletic enough to play end. There is no doubt about it.
Maile has also been loyal on his commitment to Oklahoma State which dates back to late July. During the season schools like USC, Oklahoma, and others tried to contact him but he stayed loyal to Oklahoma State.
He is in Stillwater this week to get his physical after he signs on Wednesday and be ready to start training in the off-season program. In the meantime he is enjoying watching his new teammates go through their bowl prep this week.