Allen's Big O

Explosive Allen senior running back Charles Osepetiyan (5-10, 185, 4.42) - who hopes for a chance to sign with Arkansas - helps lead the Eagles to the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 tournament title with an exciting semifinal round escape of Fayetteville and then hammering Warren for the championship.

LITTLE ROCK - Allen (Texas) High tailback Charles Opeseyitan was just one of the bevy of Division I football prospects on hand at this weekend's Shootout of the South, but was probably by far the most engaging.

Opeseyitan (5-10, 185, 4.42), a bullish yet speedy runner with 15 scholarship offers whose team won the event, knows exactly where he wants to go to college even though that school has yet to offer.

He isn't shy about sharing that info.

"I want to go to Arkansas," said Opeseyitan, who visited Arkansas for its Red-White game on April 15 and will be back for camp in July. "What a beautiful campus and their fans are so great. Everywhere you went they were wearing red and yelling ‘Go Razorbacks.' I saw the Razorback and said "whoa, that is tight. This is where I want to go.' It is such a friendly environment, I already have friends up there and I want to bring (Allen quarterback) Nathan (Dick) with me."

Opeseyitan , who rushed for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, is being recruited by Arkansas assistant James Shibest.

"I talked to him the other day and told him I am ready to come up there and play – just put the offer on the table," Opeseyitan said. "That's all I am waiting on."

Opeseyitan , Dick , 6-5 junior wideout Dan Bucker and 6-1 junior wideout Kobi Jones were the key cogs in leading Allen to a 10-0-1 record in the Shootout.

The Eagles finishing the event by downing unbeaten Fayetteville 35-34 and then knocking off Warren 42-15 in the Stephens, Inc. Shoootout championship game.

"We just came out with a lot of intensity and played as a team and our defense did a great job in that last game," Opeseyitan said. "It was a lot of fun up here and winning against this type of competition was just great for us."

Opeseyitan already has offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Utah, Purdue, SMU, Colorado State and numerous others.

"I have 15 offers, but I am trying to focus on a top five right now," Opeseyitan said. "They are Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, SMU and Utah."

Dick, who is in the same boat with Opeseyitan in that he is waiting for an offer from the Razorbacks, can't say enough about his tailback.

"He is a great running back." Dick said. "He gets from point A to point B quicker than anybody I have ever seen. And if you need one yard, he is going to get that and probably more. He has the ability to run on anybody."

The respect is mutual.

"With Nathan we don't even have to talk to know what is happening," Opeseyitan said. "We have a great bond. We have been together since the ninth grade and have great chemistry. He puts the ball right where it is supposed to be."

Allen coach Tom Westerberg said Opeseyitan is as good a person as he is a football player.

"What a great, great kid with a great personality and great character," Westerberg said. "He's also a great football player, has done a lot of great things for us in the past and will in the future. He's going to make somebody a great player in college."

Opeseyitan said if he gets an offer from Arkansas, he is making sure Dick becomes a Razorback with him.

"There is no way I would let him go anywhere else if I am headed to Arkansas," Opeseyitan said. "I would have to kick him in the head if he even thought about going anywhere else."

Opeseyitan actually started to make a name for himself in his sophomore year when he played behind former Allen and current Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick.

"In the tenth grade I still had an issue of catching the ball and knowing the plays, but I have developed so much since then ," Opeseyitan said. "I am so comfortable with our offense. I can run the ball or catch it coming out of the backfield. I think I am a much better player now."

Confidence is not an issue with the young man, who talked about his strengths after one game in the Shootout.

"I never let the first guy take me down and I try to tackle the defense instead of letting them tackle me," Opeseyitan said. "Basically I like to deliver the hit instead of take it. Also I always, always protect the ball. "

He also is happy that Arkansas has Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Michael Smith already in its stable of fleet tailbacks.

"I want to be right there to back them up and take over when they move on," Opeseyitan said. "No way does it matter they are already there. I want all the great players on my team I can get."

Opeseyitan, Dick and 6-5 junior wideout Greg Bucker are all set to come to the UA's Seniors Camp on July 21-22.

"I am going to come up there and spend the whole day showing them what I've got," Opeseyitan said. "It's going to be fun."

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Scores of the event are listed on the Recruiting Board.

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