Pistols Firing For First Defensive Commitment

Taaj Bakari

I don't know from what baseball diamond in Oklahoma that Mike Gundy was on when his phone rang Sunday afternoon. But that's where Mansfield (Legacy), Texas defensive tackle Taaj Bakari caught up with Gundy to tell the Oklahoma State head coach he was committing to play for the Cowboys.

"I just liked the school and the town," Bakari said after saying he was also looking at TCU. "I had a good time and we got to see the facilities last week at the Orange Blitz. I watched the spring practice and my mom and dad were there and they liked it."

Bakari who has been offered by TCU, Colorado and North Texas, and was being recruited as well by Arkansas, Baylor, Northwestern, OU, SMU, and Texas is Legacy's junior class president. But he has also been productive on the field.

Last season, he had 44 tackles with six sacks and three other tackles for loss. He also caused two fumbles. His sophomore season he broke on the varsity scene with 51 tackles and two tackles for loss with two pass deflections.

Bakari is 6-2 and 287 pounds. He has a bench press max currently of 315 pounds with a squat maximum of 520 pounds.

Bakari is a man of few words, but he did add that he plans on majoring in kinesiology and wants to coach football. Having seen him play and seen him in person at the Orange Blitz he would appear to fit in quite nicely as a player in the 2015 recruiting class.

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