Athens, Ga.--One of the top performers at Auburn Tigers junior prospect camp on Friday night, 6-3, 200 Richard Jibunor got the news he was hoping for as the Tigers offered him following an impressive showing. Running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, sporting a broad jump of 10‘6“, and showing the agility to work out at linebacker, wide receiver and even defensive end, Jibunor said the offer is a big one for him for a number of reasons.
“Getting an offer from Auburn really means a lot to me and I appreciate it," Jibunor said. “Auburn is a very good school, well-known in the country, and one of the schools I have always respected. My friend (Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.) who goes there has always told me good stuff about it and I wanted to get a feeling of what Auburn looks like.
“Me going there, it looks exactly like what I have been hearing. The coaching staff is great. They really push you to where you need to be and make you better. I really like the offer and it’s one that I put into serious consideration."
Very close friends with Prince Tega, Jibunor has followed a very similar path to football after starting his career playing both basketball and running track when he arrived in the United States. Getting on the football field for the first time last season, Jibunor had 10 touchdowns on offense and made 78 tackles on defense.
Now becoming more comfortable playing the sport, he’s beginning to show why schools from all over are getting to know his name and his game. Tega has played a big part in his development, both in the game of football and also adjusting to life in America. He said because of that Auburn is definitely a school he’ll consider strongly because of Tega being on the Plains.
“He’s like my older brother and that helps a lot,” he said of Auburn. “Apart from being a player on the team, he (Prince) is one of those guys you can look onto as a brother. If I didn’t have a father I could look at Prince as a father because sometimes I call him in down times and he advises me.
“Sometimes things get hard and I call Prince because he’s been there and done it. He really looks after me a lot and calls me to check on me. He’s like my motivation and he’s getting so much bigger. I like the way he’s getting into the game physically and mentally. I’m so excited to see him at the next level.”
Getting to the next level is something that is one step closer for Jibunor as he continues to grow and mature himself in the game of football. Despite success on the hardwood and winning a state title in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing second in the high jump, seventh in the 200 meter dash, and part of a second-place finish in the 4x100 meter relay, Jibunor is looking to build on his success as a football player.
“My coach told me that he wanted to see my speed on the football field,” he said. “After the track season I came over from track and did it. Before I knew it my recruiting started getting big. I never expected anything like that. I had some offers and coaches talking to me.”
Already with offers from Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina with interest from Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and others, Jibunor said he’s just taking things in stride at the moment as he continues to work on learning the game of football.