Last week we looked at Oklahoma State’s future at defensive end, and now we need to bookend that with what the future looks like at defensive tackle. Here’s a look at offers out, commitments in and who will stake the position in Stillwater for the next few years.
Offers Out (2019)
DeMarvin Leal – 6-foot-4, 280 pounds – Judson High School (Converse, Texas)
Leal is the highest-rated defensive tackle eyeing OSU in the 2019 class. He’s a top-15 prospect in Texas and is the seventh-ranked defensive tackle in the country. He also ranks just outside of the top 100 nationally. Projections have Leal, a four-star, going to Texas, but OSU and Texas A&M aren’t far behind.
Also received offers from: Alabama, Clemson, Texas, Georgia, Baylor, Florida
Jayden Jernigan – 6-foot-1, 280 pounds – Allen High School (Allen, Texas)
Jernigan, a three-star prospect, is favored to go to Texas Tech, but OSU reads as “warm” on his interest along with Washington. He’s quick and nimble for his size.
Also received offers from: Texas Tech, Washington, Arkansas State, Army, Houston
Carl Williams – 6-foot-4, 310 pounds – Lufkin High School (Lufkin, Texas)
Williams is a teammate of Brunson, but he has quite a few more offers, including one from OU. Perhaps Williams is receiving double teams that have allowed Brunson to break through. Regardless, Williams has an impressive list of offers.
Also received offers from: Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU, Houston, Minnesota
Enoch Jackson – 6-0, 290 pounds – Mansfield Legacy High School (Mansfield, Texas)
Predictions have Jackson landing at Arkansas, but he also has offers from a couple of Big 12 schools. He was the defensive MVP of his district in his junior season, which has likely garnered the attention of his potential suitors.
Also received offers from: Florida, Kansas State, Iowa, Illinois State, Houston
Gerald Irons III – 6-0, 275 pounds – Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas)
Irons III ranks outside the top 1,000 players in the country but still has racked up 13 offers. Although outside of the Texas A&M offer, the other landing destinations probably aren’t as appealing as OSU, at least when looking at recent team success.
Also received offers from: Air Force, Boston College, Columbia, Indiana, Texas A&M
Xavier Ross – 6-foot-3, 285 pounds – Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Ross is a three-star recruit with three offers. He’s good at keeping his eyes on and pursuing the ball carrier.
Also received offers from: FIU, Purdue
Offers Out (2020)
Grant Mahon – 6-foot-3, 250 pounds – Guyer High School (Denton, Texas)
Oklahoma State is the only school to have offered Mahon so far.
Samuela Tuihalamaka – 6-foot-2, 275 pounds – Mater Dei High School (Riverside, California)
Tuihalamaka committed to OSU on Jan. 20 and signed his letter of intent Feb. 7.
Also received offers from: Howard, Louisiana-Lafayette, Idaho State
Current depth chart
Darrion Daniels (Senior) 6-foot-3, 320 pounds
- Recipient of the Vernon Grant Award (Given to a player who shows outstanding leadership, spirit and enthusiasm)
- Started the first 10 games of the season before missing the final three games because of an arm injury
- 26 total tackles in 2017
Trey Carter (Redshirt senior) 6-foot-3, 299 pounds
- Converted defensive end
- Played in every game and earned starts in the final three contests after Daniels’ injury
- Had six quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles
Enoch Smith Jr. (Redshirt senior) 6-foot-2, 295 pounds
- Played 11 games in 2017, his first season at OSU
- Totaled 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss
- Spent his freshman year at Michigan State before going to a junior college
Cameron Murray (Redshirt sophomore) 6-foot-2, 290 pounds
- Recorded three tackles in five games
Brandon Evers (Redshirt freshman) 6-foot-2, 290 pounds
- Contributed on the scout team in 2017
- Three-time state champion at Bixby High School
Latu Maile (Redshirt sophomore) 6-foot-1, 300 pounds
- From Euless, Texas
- Has not played in a game for Oklahoma State
It will be important for the Cowboys to land a few promising defensive tackle prospects considering Daniels, Carter and Smith Jr. are entering their final season in Stillwater.