It was a good weekend for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, as they took down Trae Young and Oklahoma in Overtime on Saturday, and picked up two football commitments on the defensive line for the 2018 class. Both players were on campus this past weekend, and while they’d been considered Oklahoma State leans for a while, getting them on campus together, alongside OSU commit Braden Cassity, and a bunch of juniors who were on campus for the annual junior day. With these two commits, Oklahoma State will shift focus to 2019, as their 2018 class is basically done.
— Samuela Tuihalamaka (@Tui_35) January 21, 2018
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The additions of Fofana and Tuihalamaka brings Oklahoma State’s 2018 class size total to 24, and the pair of linemen will likely be the final members to join the class. With these commitments, the Pokes now sit at 27th nationally in the team rankings, and fifth in the Big 12, behind Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor. Defensive line was a major need for OSU in 2018, and led by Joe Bob Clements, the Pokes have reloaded with five linemen, including four ends (Michael Scott, Braden Cassity, Fofana and Tyler Lacy), and one tackle (Tuihalamaka).
Fofana picked Oklahoma State over offers from Louisiana, Buffalo and Oregona State, as well as interest from New Mexico, UConn, Memphis, Nebraska and Toledo. Tuihalamaka had offers from Louisiana, Idaho State and Howard. Fofana was scheduled to visit Oregon State this weekend, but I don’t expect that visit to happen, as both players are likely shutting down their recruitments, and will be signing with the Pokes in February.
On the field, Fofana is a better bet to play early, but both players could contribute in their first year on campus. Both prospects are pretty raw, but Fofana has a season of Juco experience under his belt, and has the move set and athleticism to contribute (probably not as a starter though) in his first season in Stillwater. On the other side, Tuihalamaka has a lot of size, strength, and power, without a ton of defined technique. He’s a very raw prospect, but he’s got a great base, strong upper body, and all the tools needed for Joe Bob Clements to turn him into a great player.