Recruiting: Okafor Likes OSU

One of the more interesting prospects in Texas is defensive end Joe Okafor out of Bellaire High School near Houston. Okafor is 6-5, 245 pounds and athletic enough to run a 4.8. He is also a standout talent in basketball that attracted attention from the likes of Duke and North Carolina. Okafor, who was in Stillwater on Saturday to check out th Orange-White game, says he is committed to football.

"I am going to play football only in college," said Okafor.

It was basketball last summer that cost Okafor a lot of duty on the football field during his junior season. He was playing summer AAU basketball and that cut into his preparation for the football season.

"I have no idea what my stats were," said Okafor. "I only played in two full games. I was playing basketball in July and missed a lot of workouts for football. I think it made the coaches mad and I didn't play very much last season. This year I am focused on football. I know I had 2 sacks and I think I had around 30 tackles."

Again, Okafor's physical skills lend him to have success in either sport, but he is physically intimidating in football.

Bellaire is in spring football right now as they held the first practice on Monday, and Okafor said it went well. The spring practice will culminate on May 23 with a spring game.

As for his recruiting in football, Okafor confirmed he has offers from Oklahoma State with OSU associate head coach Joe DeForest recruiting him. California, Arkansas and a number of other schools are interested as well.

Okafor, a life-long Houston area resident, says he really likes OSU but Stillwater is a little smaller city than he prefers.

"I think the campus is amazing," said Okafor, who mentioned he and the other prospects got a full tour of the campus and the new facilities in the west end zone. "The facilities are better than anything I could imagine. The coaches are good people and the game was fun. They have a lot of talent. The city is kind of little. I prefer a bigger city. I've lived in Houston my whole life."

Okafor said he isn't certain about what he wants to study in college. He said he would like to be a sports agent, so sports marketing might be an option.

Oklahoma State is just the third campus he has visited in respect to football recruiting. He has also attended junior days at both Texas and Texas A&M. Okafor said he will continue to consider Oklahoma State with the only negative that he saw this past weekend being the size of the Stillwater.

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