Cowboys Making Late Run For Toki?

There is no secret that Oklahoma State has chosen to be active in recruiting players of Polynesian descent. In fact, OSU has had great success in making the players with that cultural background feel welcome. It is with that knowledge that we have learned that defensive tackle Thomas Toki of Mountain View (St. Francis), Calif., has been offered and is reportedly visiting this weekend.

The 6-0, 305-pound Toki had 57 tackles this season at St. Francis High School, and he played some on each side of the football. We watched his tape and saw a true inside technique nose tackle that plays a little high but shows great feet laterally and good closing speed in rushing the quarterback or chasing the run.

His brute strength is apparent as he has a recorded bench press max of 395 pounds and will surely be up over 400 by the time he arrives on campus. He also has a 450 max on the squat. The tape also shows he has good vision to pick up his target and I never saw him miss a runner which sometimes happens to interior defensive linemen in traffic and with zone read and play action concepts.

His favorite tackle was the sling around as he did that to numerous ball carriers on tape. It makes for one heckuva ride for the guy with the ball.

He visited Washington State on Nov. 29 and made a commitment. He also had offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon State, UCLA, and Utah.

Oklahoma State has reportedly been recruiting him dating back to his days at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Wash. As a junior he had 29 tackles with 17 unassisted tackles and four sacks.

Toki is a really good player and the only thing debatable is what his true height is as he is listed anywhere from 5-11 to 6-1 and we simply split the difference at 6-0. It doesn't matter what his actual height is because on tape he shows he can play small or tall.


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