Joe Okafor: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Houston's Bellaire High School head coach Trey Herrmann about Joseph Okafor, a 6-7, 250-pound defensive end.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Trey Herrmann: I think he brings a large amount of intensity to the team, along with being a great pass rusher. He's as long as any kid I've ever coached and has the ability to go from sideline to sideline and for a defensive end it's pretty impressive.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Trey Herrmann: I think just the bigger environment. He's going to be surrounded by those top-notch facilities, and that's obviously one thing we don't have here. I know it's a great college environment, so I'd say the big crowds may be a little different for him. But I know he's excited about it. I don't see it being too big of a challenge.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Trey Herrmann: He led our team in quarterback pressures this year, and I would say he probably had his best game against Houston Lamar. The play that sticks out for me, and it wasn't a great play for us because they got a bunch of yards but he's the backside defensive end and they run a sweep the other way for about 60 (yards), and he runs the kid down on the 2-yard line. To me that sticks out in my mind because it was just a great effort play but also shows his ability as a defensive end with some speed to make the play even though it was away from him.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Trey Herrmann: I would say big. He's huge at 6-7. And he plays big too, which I think is the key. Aggressive. Hard working.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Trey Herrmann: In my dealings with the (OSU) coaches I've got to say I think they do a great job. Where he's coming from I think they really made him feel like he was part of the family. I know just from my dealings with them, I think they do a great job and they do a good job of taking care of them and making sure that he's doing things right. I think that's important to him.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Trey Herrmann: I hope he does great things for them. Like I said, the OSU coaching staff has been real good to him. He's one of those kids that if you show him some love and take care of him, he's going to do the same for you. I hope he'll have an impact up there, and hopefully early.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Trey Herrmann: I think he'll get better every year. He's got a huge upside. I hope that he will be one of the top Big 12 players and hopefully he can contribute to OSU winning a national championship.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Trey Herrmann: The great, great attitude that the kid has. You can get on to him and the next day he comes back ready to get to work. Nothing ever got him too down or anything like that, he'd just show up and go to work.

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