Longhorns Class of 2016: Lewisville guard Denzel Okafor hopes to put defenders on ice


Bahama Buck’s bills itself as the “Original Shaved Ice Company.” The place offers some tricked-out flavorings like hurricane daiquiri, wedding cake and something called tiger’s blood. Ewww. They have vanilla, too.

“It’s kind of like Starbucks in a way, except we’re known for our snow cones,” said Denzel Okafor, the offensive lineman from Lewisville High School who has a 7-foot wingspan — perfect for reaching over the counter and making someone’s day.

Or ruining a defensive tackle’s.

“Everybody walks out with a blue tongue and a smile,” Lewisville coach Gregg Miller said.

Okafor’s go-to drink is called oasis, a fruity cocktail of strawberries, bananas, orange juice and coconut. Anything that keeps the 6-4, 295-pound Texas signee happy is just fine with UT coaches. They’d like to add him to their mix this fall.
“I need to work on hand placement, extension and punching more,” Okafor said. “I’ve got to do my part so I don’t come in there on the first day, get hit in the face and think, ‘Dang, what just happened?’ I’m not nervous. I’m eager.”