Recruting: Tea Not Waiting; Already Working

STILLWATER - In his first week on campus, defensive tackle Tonga Tea is not resting on his All-American junior college laurels. We ran into Tea for the first time in the Athletic Center on Wednesday afternoon. Tea was dressed in workout clothes and on his way to the weight room for a workout. The team was told on Monday that off-season workouts officially start next Tuesday.

"I'm working out on my own," said Tea. "I've been told that Coach (Rob) Glass is tough, so I want to be ready next week when it begins."

Tea definitely looks the part as he stands about 6-0 and weighs 315 pounds, although he doesn't look it. The 315 pounds on his frame looks more like 270 pounds. There aren't any rolls on his midsection.

As far as everything else, Tea says his transfer to Oklahoma State is going well.

"I'm living with Deron Fontenot and Kenny Alexander," said the Anchorage, Alaska native. "They are good guys. The apartment is nice. Stillwater is a good place. I like it here a lot."

Tonga said he had already been to a basektball game last Saturday when the Cowboys took on Baylor and he said if the football crowds are anything like that he can't wait.

Tea was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. Scout's considers Tea as the nation's best junior college defensive tackle and a top-10 overall prospect.

Tea played just one season of high school football at East Anchorage High School, but still earned all-state honors. He redshirted his first year at Snow.

As a sophomore, Tea was credited with 24 tackles, including nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage, 3.5 quarterback sacks and he forced a fumble. He was twice named as the Badgers' defensive player of the week despite facing constant double teams.

Snow finished the season ranked No. 2 in the junior college poll, and the Snow defense was among the top 15 units in the country each of the last two seasons. The Badgers allowed just 211 yards per game in 2006.

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