Still some argue that his future could be on the offensive line. And while there are advantages Oghobaase (pronounced Oh-ga-boss-ee) brings to the table as a potential OT, the mere mention that he's headed to the offensive side of the ball once he steps onto a D-I campus this January (will enroll early) is something he scoffs at and in light of the above, probably a well-deserved scoff. Consider also this: Every team presently recruiting him is recruiting him for the DT position...
"There's no question he could move to the offensive side of the ball," said one assistant coach from one of the Big Three Florida colleges. "But I think you have to play him at DT. He's experienced, athletic enough and productive at DT that that's where he's going to play."
Last week against one of the top rushing teams (in the Greater Houston Area) and last year's 5A State Champs (Galena Park North Shore), Oghobaase led a defensive effort that only allowed 25 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
"We shut the run down," the Alief Hastings DT said. "I had four solo tackles and several assists. I had a lot of tackles but the entire defense did a good job against the run."
Unfortunately for the Bears, they were not able to stop the Mustang passing attack (hit on one 65-yard TD catch and run by Texas Hot 100 No. 1 DajLeon Farr). Despite Oghobaase's three-sack effort, North Shore topped Alief Hastings by the score of 28-18 utilizing their weapons via air…
"They completed some big passes on us and that was the difference in the game. I think we could have won the game, but we'll come out next week and play even better."
On the recruiting front, Oghobaase said he received 15 calls on September 1 and said several more followed each day afterwards. Coaches were permitted to begin phone contact the first of September and VO being the straight-up gentleman he is, fielded any and all possible.
Last time we caught up with the preseason Houston Touchdown Club all-greater Houston area selection, he said he was going to try to pare his list to a top five in before the season got underway.
"I was wanting to narrow down my list but to tell you the truth, I'm just not even thinking about that right now," Oghobaase said.
That's good news for the coaches of programs inside and outside of his top ten (Arizona, Duke, Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas A&M). They have a window of opportunity to make an impression before he trims his list to a final five.
"I have to let you go, there's a coach from Rice on the other line and I'm going to visit with him."
And the beat goes on...