Recruiting: Cowboys Add JC All-American Tea

It took all afternoon and most of the evening but Go Pokes was finally able to confirm that Oklahoma State received a verbal commitment Monday from NJCAA First Team All-American defensive tackle Tonga Tea Jr. out of Snow Community College in Ephraim, Utah.

"Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Todd) Bradford were here today in my office and Tonga told them that he was committed to Oklahoma State," said Snow C.C. head coach Steve Coburn. "In fact, the head coaches from both schools, Oklahoma State and Washington State, that were recruiting Tonga, were here today - at different times of course. Tonga told both of them that he was committed to Oklahoma State."

The 6-0, 313-pound Tea could not be reached, but we did speak with his father, Tonga Tea Sr., in Anchorage, Alaska.

"I spoke to Junior last night and he told me he really liked Oklahoma State," said the elder Tea. "He has not called me today but said he would to give me all the story."

Tea, who visited Oklahoma State over the weekend on an official visit, seemed very intent in watching practices and really focused on the drills and the play of the defensive line. He also seemed to make strong connections with the current OSU defensive linemen, including graduating senior defensive end Victor DeGrate. Tea was named to the NJCAA All-American squad on Monday morning.

"He is an explosive, dominating run stopper inside with great hands and strength," said Coburn of Tea. "I'm not not quite sure about what it means but the other players call him a 'War Daddy.' He has been a great kid to have in our program and he is still learning. He only played one year of high school football in Alaska and then the two seasons in three years here. He takes coaching real well."

Tea will sign later this week on junior college signing day and he is a mid-term transfer from Snow that will be able to enroll and be in class for the spring semester and participate in spring football.

Tea will have a chance to have an immediate impact as Oklahoma State loses both Larry Brown and Xavier Lawson-Kennedy at the same spot that Tea is expected to play in the Cowboy defense.

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