Oklahoma State may be in for an overhaul at the defensive tackle position for 2019, similar to the talent influx Josh Henson and the offensive line staff brought in during the 2018 cycle.
With commitments now from Jayden Jernigan and Xavier Ross, the Cowboys may be a smidge more than halfway towards their goal of replacing the expected losses of seniors Trey Carter, Darrion Daniels and Enoch Smith Jr. to complement the youth at the position with players like Cameron Murray and Brendon Evers.
There is still seven months before the December early signing period but it’s never too soon to check in on where things stand at the position and what the future may hold.
Xavier Ross, 6-3, 285-pounds: Ross is a run-stuffing three-star prospect from Cedar Hill High School in Texas. He picked the Cowboys last week over offers from Indiana, FIU and Purdue.
Jayden Jernigan, 6-1, 280-pounds: Jernigan, like Ross, is a three-star prospect, but his blue-chip meter runs a bit higher. Jernigan held 17 scholarship offers from the likes of Washington, SMU, Colorado and Oregon before committing to Oklahoma State this week. Adding to his blue-chippiness: He’s a star on Allen High School’s squad, one of the very best high school football programs in the country.
DeMarvin Leal: Leal is a 6-4, 280-pound four-star prospect from Judson in Converse, Texas, who was trending OSU for some time before OSU eventually parted ways with Glenn Spencer. Since then, he’s committed to Texas A&M. I don’t expect that pledge to change.
Enoch Jackson: Jackson, a 6-foot, 290-pound tackle from Mansfield Legacy, is a prospect I peg as perhaps the next commitment on the target list for OSU. He’s made multiple visits to Oklahoma State, but he’s got a ton of other offers from the likes of Georgia, Florida, Arkansas and others.
Gerald Irons III: Oklahoma State was the first to join the mix for this Klein Oak standout. Irons is a 6-foot, 275-pound prospect, who also holds offers from Boston College, Indiana, Air Force and Kansas. His recruitment has slowed significantly, but he could be a late-cycle addition for OSU.
Carl Williams: Lufkin’s own, Carl Williams, is a 6-4, 310-pound tackle rated as a three-star prospect. But with 12 offers from OU, Arkansas, Kansas and others, he’s quite respected among recruiting circles. Oklahoma State is recruiting Williams as well as his teammate, Javasia Brunson, as a packaged deal for 2019.
Targets (potential 2019 offers)
Gabriel Hall: It’s not everyday you see a 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle. Which is why Hall, a three-star recruit from Waller, Texas, is such an intriguing prospect. Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Arizona and others have already offered, and OSU could be interested.
Lloyd Murray Jr.: 6-foot-2, 310-pound Lloyd Murray Jr. is the No. 76 overall prospect at defensive tackle in 2019, but Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss and 23 other offers suggest that’s far from the case. The Cowboys could jump into the mix for him, though he seems to have his options plenty open.
Christian Njoku: Njoku, a 6-foot-1, 248-pound recruit from Bellaire, Texas, has nine offers. But mostly small schools, save for Louisville: Louisiana-Monroe, UMass, South Alabama, etc. OSU could be able to potentially sneak in late with an offer if he stays under the radar.
Viramontes Pippens: Pippens hails from the DeSoto pipeline. Despite holding just one scholarship offer (Colorado), he’s a 6-1, 290-pound run-stuffer who has Division I potential.
- Latu Maile (R-soph.)
- Enoch Smith Jr. (R-sr.)
- Darrion Daniels (sr.)
- Cameron Murray (R-soph.)
- Brendon Evers (R-fr.)
- Trey Carter (R-sr.)
- Samuela Tuihalamaka (2018 signee)