Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Samuela Tuihalamaka didn’t go into his Oklahoma State official visit last weekend with the intention of committing at the end of it.
A week later, the 3-star prospect is all in on the Cowboys.
“They were one of the only big schools that gave me an offer, but now all of a sudden these other schools are trying to talk to me,” Tuihalamaka told DieHards in a phone interview. “But I’m kind-of already done.
“I’m 100-percent committed to Oklahoma State.”
Tuihalamaka relied on his faith to guide him in his decision, and the defensive tackle prospect concluded Oklahoma State was the right place for him.
Tuihalamaka wasn’t alone, however, on his visit or in committing to the Cowboys last weekend.
JUCO defensive end Amadou Fofana, who the Cowboys originally recruited for their 2019 class before he reclassified, took his official visit as well.
The 3-star prospect from Highland (Kan.) C.C. said he had a great time visiting with the coaching staff and players, and he’s ready for the challenge of going up against Big 12 offenses.
“I feel like they have everything I need to be successful,” Fofana told DieHards. “A good weight program. Good coaches. Great football atmosphere. Academics. And the players were really nice and fun. They welcomed me with open arms.”
The two defensive linemen were crucial to wrapping up the Cowboys’ 2018 class after Oklahoma State lost OKC Millwood DT Israel Antwine, who flipped his commitment to Colorado in December.
Tuihalamaka — as well as Fofana — is simply excited he’ll get to continue his football career and education at a Power 5 school like Oklahoma State.
“I was just blessed and happy,” Tuihalamaka said of receiving his Oklahoma State offer. “It was nice to get something that big. But at the same time, I know that I have to continue to work hard and to grind out.”
Here’s a look at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where Oklahoma State’s class ranks
Oklahoma State currently ranks No. 30 nationally and No. 5 in the Big 12, according to 247Sports composite team rankings. The Cowboys’ 2018 class boasts two 4-star pledges — Tulsa (Okla.) Union wide receiver CJ Moore and Denton (Texas) Ryan quarterback Spencer Sanders — and 22 3-star commitments.
- It is likely the Cowboys are done with its 2018 class, especially after Tuihalamaka and Fofana committed last weekend.
- The Cowboys hosted plenty of juniors, but 2018 3-star DE Braden Cassity of Austin (Texas) Westlake also took his official to Oklahoma State last week. Cassity was already committed, but he had such a good time in Stillwater, Okla., that he didn’t want to leave, according to GoPokes.com.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 136
- 5-star offers: 5
- 4-star offers: 55
- In-state recruits offered: 19
- Texas recruits offered: 73
- Louisiana recruits offered: 11
- Georgia recruits offered: 7
- WR CJ Moore, 4 stars, Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
- QB Spencer Sanders, 4 stars, Ryan (Denton, Texas)
- TE Jake Ross, 3 stars, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Miami, Okla.)
- WR Jonathan Shepherd, 3 stars, Kilgore (Texas)
- G Bryce Bray, 3 stars, Bixby (Okla.)
- CB JayVeon Cardwell, 3 stars, Steele (Cibolo, Texas)
- C Tyrese Williams, 3 stars, Cy Ridge (Houston)
- S Kanion Williams, 3 stars, South Oak Cliff (Dallas)
- T Hunter Anthony, 3 stars, Tuttle (Okla.)
- T Jacob Farrell, 3 stars, Sulphur (Okla.)
- DE Tyler Lacy, 3 stars, Sachse (Texas)
- LB Blake Barron, 3 stars, Rockwall (Texas)
- S Kolby Peel, 3 stars, A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas)
- S Jarrick Bernard, 3 stars, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)
- RB Jahmyl Jeter, 3 stars, William J. Brennan (San Antonio)
- S Jason Taylor II, 3 stars, Carl Albert (Oklahoma City)
- T Hunter Woodard, 3 starts, Tuscola (Ill.)
- ATH Gabe Lemons, 3 stars, Coppell (Texas)
- DE Michael Scott, 3 stars, Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, Texas)
- CB Tanner McCalister, 3 stars, Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas)
- ATH Sean Michael Flanagan, 3 stars, Charleston (Ark.)
- DE Braden Cassity, 3 stars, Westlake (Austin, Texas)
- DT Samuela Tuihalamaka, 3 stars, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
- DE Amadou Fofana, 3 stars, Highland C.C. (Highland, Kan.)
3 top uncommitted targets
3-star S Aaron Brule, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)
Brule, one of the best safety prospects in the country, took an official visit to Oklahoma State two weeks ago. He was once committed to Georgia, but withdrew his verbal to the Bulldogs on Christmas Day. His visit went well, according to 247Sports.com, and it appears Oklahoma State is trending in the right direction with the 6-1 safety, who could play at the star, a safety-linebacker hybrid position.
3-star ATH Jaelyn Nolan, Brownfield (Texas)
A former Oklahoma State 2018 commitment, Nolan is still undecided on where he’ll play at the next level. The feeling is the 6-2 dual-threat quarterback wants to stay at quarterback in college, but he’s been recruited by Oklahoma State defensive backs coach Tim Duffie to convert to defense. Nolan holds offers from Houston, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and he ranks as the No. 81 overall player in the state of Texas.
3-star S Rodney McGraw II, Elkins (Missouri City, Texas)
Oklahoma State gave Rodney McGraw II an offer in March. The Cowboys are currently his biggest offer, and he would not be a bad option for the Cowboys. Defensive back is not a huge concern for the Pokes, but the 3-star prospect could be a nice late addition to Mike Gundy’s class. He ranks as the No. 123 safety in the country, according to 247Sports.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/1
- RB: 1/1
- TE: 1/1
- WR: 2/2
- OL: 5/5
- DL: 5/5
- LB: 1/2
- CB: 3/3
- S: 5/5
Here’s a breakdown of Oklahoma State commits by state:
- Texas: 13 (Barron, Cardwell, Cassity, Jeter, Lacy, Lemons, McCalister, Peel, Sanders, Scott, Shepherd, K. Williams, T. Williams)
- Oklahoma: 6 (Anthony, Bray, Farrell, Moore, Ross, Taylor)
- Louisiana: 1 (Bernard)
- Illinois: 1 (Woodard)
- Arkansas: 1 (Flanagan)