Recruiting: Okafor Gives Cowboys Another DE

Joe Okafor is so strong and his arms are so long that he's almost unblockable in high school. Thus, the 6-foot-7, 250-pound defensive end from Bellaire High School in Houston who is the most recent commitment to Oklahoma State has everything he needs to succeed while playing in the Big 12, says Bellaire head coach Trey Herrmann, who confirmed Okafor's commitment.

Okafor made the commitment to Oklahoma State after reportedly receiving scholarship offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Baylor, California and LSU.

Okafor spent most of last season on the offensive line for the Cardinals, but this season he will be used almost exclusively on defense, and if Friday night's scrimmage is any indication then opposing offensive tackles are in trouble.

"He's going to be big for us this season," said Herrmann. "We're really young defensively and in the first series of our scrimmage he was the only guy firing off the ball. We only got about 20 plays in because of lightning in the area, but he was really firing off the ball.

"He's got great arm strength which really helps him as a defensive lineman. As long as his arms are and as strong as he is, if he gets his arms on the offensive lineman, he's almost unblockable," said Herrmann.

Okafor counts recent Cowboy commitments Stephen Meaweather, from Sharpstown High School in Houston, and Shaun Lewis, of Hightower High School in Sugar Land, as close friends.

Herrmann says that Okafor now measures 6-foot-7 and between 250-260 pounds, and runs a 4.7 in the forty. "A lot of that is natural, too," the coach says. "He's never really lifted or worked hard in the weight room until this summer and he's already benching 340 pounds. When he gets up there (to Oklahoma State), and starts eating three full-square meals a day, and gets in the weight room, who knows what he'll turn into.

"I think he's one of those kids that will get up there and just get better each and every year."

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