Recruiting: Cowboys Offer Big-Time DT

It doesn't matter whether you coach in the NFL, the Big 12 or high school, finding a defensive lineman who can run is always a priority. Oklahoma State is like every other football program in the nation and has targeted several defensive linemen. The Cowboy coaching staff offered one of the state's best on Tuesday. Find out who it is, and get more information on this standout only at

Tulsa East Central High School head coach Travis Hill confirmed that 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman Pearlie Graves received an offer from the Cowboy coaching staff on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State is hoping to sign at least one and possibly two defensive tackles in the Class of 2009.

Hill said the Cowboys would not go wrong with getting a commitment from Graves, who has already been offered by Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Michigan.

"From a coaching standpoint, he's exactly what you're always looking for. What you're looking for is a big kid who can run, and they are kind of hard to find, at all levels," said Hill, whose Cardinals were 12-1 with their only loss coming to eventual Class 5A state champion Guthrie in the semifinals a yar ago.

"They're hard enough to find at the college level (and) the pro level, so when you get one at the high-school level, it always give you the opportunity to be pretty special and Pearlie does that. He's a big kid, about 6-3, about 270 to 275, and I think the thing that makes him special is he's a big kid who can run. He's a very athletic kid.

"The other thing you like about Pearlie is he has a natural knack for playing from sideline to sideline. Some coaches use the phrase, his motor runs well. When you have those two things what happens is you become a playmaker. He's not always making the plays that are directly his responsibility but he's a kid who can obviously make plays at other places on the field. (Our opponent) may throw a five-yard hitch out there in the flat and the next thing you know Pearlie is running the receiver down and making the play.

"He's just one of those kids that is very gifted. He does a good job for us because he's very athletic and he's big. and will obviously be able to take that to the next level."

Graves is the oldest of five children in a single-parent household, and is mature for his age. "He's a good young man. He takes care of his family. He's kind of the man of the household. He's the oldest of five kids, with three sisters and one brother, and he kind of takes care of them all."

Hill says that as fearsome as Graves may be on the field, he's the complete opposite when he's not chasing down quarterbacks and running backs.

"Once you get Pearlie off the football field he's very jolly and has that type of personality. Pearlie is fun to be around. Pearlie always has a big smile on his face, is a kind of jovial guy and always has a chuckle about him. He's a good person to be around."

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