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Monday, December 18, 2006

Snow JC's Tonga Tea verbals to Oklahoma State

Snow Junior College All American Tonga Tea has verbally committed to Oklahoma State. Tea will be the first Polynesian to play for the Cowboys since Aso Pogi (1999-2002). Tonga Tea was a first team All American and also a first team All WSFL selection at defensive tackle.

JUCO prospect Tea says he'll sign with OSU
OSU recruiting: Cowboys get big football commitment


By Mike Baldwin
Staff Writer

Oklahoma State received arguably its biggest football commitment in the 2007 class when junior college All-American defensive tackle Tonga Tea said he will sign with OSU later this week.

Tea, 6-foot-1, 310 pounds, out of Snow (Utah) College, is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Tea is ranked the No. 30 JUCO prospect in the country and the No. 7 JUCO defensive tackle by Rivals.com.

Tea will enroll at OSU for the winter semester and participate in spring drills.

Tea is similar to Ryan McBean and Larry Brown, two seniors who have been two-year starters out of junior college.

Tea made his official visit to Stillwater last weekend.

"He is an explosive, dominating run stopper inside with great hands and strength,” Snow coach Steve Coburn told Scout.com.

"I'm not quite sure about what it means but other players call him a ‘War Daddy.'

"He has been a great kid who is still learning. He only played one year of high school football and two seasons here. He takes coaching real well.”

Born in Hawaii, Tea moved to Anchorage, Alaska, at age 11. Tea helped Snow (11-1) finish the season ranked No. 2 in the nation following a 26-21 win over Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the Top of the Mountains Bowl.

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