Oklahoma State’s staff is doing its darndest to ensure the defensive end position, which right now figures to be a shallow spot on the depth chart after multiple offseason departures, is not a weak link for an improving defense in 2019.
Earlier this week the staff offered defensive end prospect
Tucker Trennan Carlson, a Ventura College hybrid linebacker/defensive end. And on Wednesday, GoPokes.com reported he was on campus wrapping up a two-day official visit.
“I’ve been at Oklahoma State for the past two days and I loved it,” he said. “They treated me real well.”
You’ll remember Carlson as the infamously jumbo linebacker we wrote about earlier this week. He was so big and explosive, in fact, that Ventura chose to mix up its entire speed package to feature him as a defensive end instead of as a linebacker as originally planned.
“The thing about that is, we went into the game expecting him to play a lot more snaps at linebacker,” coach Mike Haydon said via the VC Star last fall “But we found out he had some advantages (at defensive end).
“He just kept coming and coming,” head coach Steve Mooshagian recalled from the game. “I almost had to take a breath and just watch him from the sidelines. This guy didn’t let up. His energy level from the first quarter to the fourth quarter is the same. Not many guys can sustain that.”
Carlson’s recent attention from OSU and Utah has been reciprocated. He’s headed to Utah to finish this week on an official there, and a final decision could come soon.
OSU could benefit greatly from Carlson picking the Pokes because of its lack of experience at defensive end and at linebacker, both positions OSU could offer to use him at. OSU has an incoming grad transfer in Kyle Junior from Bowling Green and a second-year transfer from Colorado in Israel Antwine, a DT/DE, but the other three 2019 class signees at the position are all high school seniors and unlikely to be early impact guys next season.