Recruiting: Higgins Becomes Commit No. 2

One of the biggest need positions in a recruiting season where the Oklahoma State Cowboys have to be careful and deliberate because of a small number (15 to 18) of scholarships to work with is defensive tackle. Oklahoma State got a head start on filling that need on Tuesday when Schertz (Clemens), Texas defensive tackle Tyrell Higgins gave tight ends coach Doug Meacham a verbal commitment over the phone.

"Yes sir, I committed to Oklahoma State," Higgins said early Tuesday evening. "I saw coach (Meacham) when he was visiting the school today, and I started thinking again. I had been thinking about Oklahoma State since my visit up there with my dad. I called coach Meacham after he left and told him that I was committed. I had been talking to other people and getting the word from them. Between that and my visit my mind was made up."

Higgins and his father made a visit to Oklahoma State on April 14 to watch a scrimmage and check out the university. Higgins said he also consulted his coaches at Clemens High School and just about everybody agreed.

"I called my parents after I called coach Meacham and they texted me back and said they were very proud," said the 6-3, 255-pound Higgins. "My dad and my coaches had all said they thought Oklahoma State was a fit for me."

Higgins, who finished his junior season with 97 total tackles, five sacks, eight pass deflections, three fumbles caused and one fumble recovered, had been hearing from a large number of schools, but said it was Oklahoma State and UTEP that seemed the most determined. He didn't come into recruiting thinking early commitment, but it really kind of developed.

"I thought if the chance came to make an early commitment I would, but that was not in mind to begin with," said Higgins. "It was only if the opportunity presented itself and with Oklahoma State it did."

Higgins qualified for regionals in track with the shot and discus, but did not qualify to move on to state so he said he would be getting to work and lifting to get ready for his senior season.

Higgins becomes the second commitment for the Cowboys as they earlier gained a commitment from Waxahachie offensive guard/center Jason Hannan.

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