Texas commit Russell Carter is certainly not the only Division I prospect to emerge from the talent-rich school. His teammate, offensive tackle Mickey Okafor picked up offers in a hurry and even gave a very early commitment to an in-state school.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder definitely looks the part with his size. However his ability earned him quick offers from Houston and Kansa State. The in-state offer from the Cougars, where his brother Patrick Okafor played basketball, was tough to turn down.
"When I went down there for a visit, I had a chance to sit in the film room and they just looked like they were having fun but they were serious when they needed to be," Okafor said. "I think Houston has the players that they're going to be a good team."
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His brother having been an athlete there definitely had an effect.
"That helped my decision," Okafor said. "He told me that the coaches are really helpful and willing to work with you. I could also stay close to home and not have to go far away from my mother. But, he also said that it was my choice in the end."
Though he's made the early commitment, Okafor says this commitment is not solid just yet. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are two schools he's highly interested in.
"I'm going to Texas A&M this Saturday just for a visit," Okafor said. "I'm just going down there to see what they have to offer me. Oklahoma State talked to my coach and my dad. They said that if I keep my grades up, they're going to offer me."
Okafor also has an offer from Kansas State.