Texas DT tripping to the Desert

Recruiting defensive tackles to the college level is one of the hardest things to do. Until recently the tackle position was not one that was actually coached at the high school level with any intensity. Many high school coaches just threw their biggest kids in the middle of the defensive line to stop the run. While that is still the case in many places, that is not, and has not been the case in the state of Texas for years.

Defensive tackle is a position of great need for the Wildcats in this recruiting class and this holiday weekend they will play host to one of the best in the nation at the position when Alief (Texas) Hastings defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase makes the trek west with his parents.

"I am going out on Thursday night I believe," said Oghobaase. "My parents are going up with me; they are going on all of my trips with me. I just decided this past week that Arizona is a place that I wanted to visit officially. I went there over the summer, to the camp, and it was real nice. My dad and I went out and met the coaches and toured everything, I liked it out there."

Even though he attended the Arizona camp in June there were still some things that Big Vince did not get to do while in Tucson.

"I was there for the camp and to check out the campus," he said. "I am looking forward to this trip and I wan to go in and have some fun. I want to meet and hang out with the players and feel the overall atmosphere in Arizona. I know it will be a good time and I am looking forward to it."

Since Oghobaase is from the general Houston area he is being recruited by Offensive Line coach, and lead Houston recruiter, Eric Wolford. Like most other kids in the area, Vince gets the same impression of ‘Coach Wolf'.

"I like him a lot," he said. "He is funny and just a real cool guy. He is a real honest guy and he has a lot of passion and intensity, like the rest of the coaches at Arizona. They are all real intense and I like that."

In addition to Wolford, Oghobaase has gotten a chance to speak to Mike and Mark Stoops and he said the impression they gave was positive.

"I met them at the camp and they are good guys," he said. "I have spoken to coach Mike once on the phone and you can tell he is a real intense coach on the field. When it comes to football he is serious and intense. He is a real cool guy."

Oghobaase has already visited Oklahoma State and will visit Oklahoma, Duke and Miami officially in the month of December and he is also still considering the local Aggies of Texas A&M.

When it comes to make his decision Oghobaase says that he will weigh everything and decide but he says that in the end it will be a "feeling" he gets.

"I am looking for that feeling more than anything," he said. "I know what everyone has to offer and the feeling I get is going to be a major factor in my decision. I am making a 4 or 5 year decision and it is not easy. I want a solid football program, the facilities and especially the academics but it is all probably going to come down to that feeling I get. I know Arizona has a good program for what I am going to major in (Mechanical Engineering) and I know their future is good in football. I want to play early too and I think I can at Arizona if I go in and work hard, but it depends on the feeling I get."

When Big Vince chooses his school he will be enrolling early as he will graduate from Hastings High School in December. The first day early entrants can sign a Letter of Intent is December 15th.

Oghobaase's high school team finished a disappointing 2-8 this season and Big Vince tallied 11 sacks on the year.


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