When Imhotep Institute Charter High School athlete Omar Speights realized he was being offered a scholarship from BYU’s director of recruiting operations Tevita Ofahengaue, he couldn’t believe what he was hearing.
“I couldn’t believe it and it kind of caught me off-guard,” Speights said. “I didn’t even know that was going to happen, so I was excited when I got the news. Coach T.O. offered me and told me about the program, and how he felt BYU would be a good fit for me. He also said that football won’t always be there, and that he wanted me to go to a place that can help me be successful after I play football. He mostly just talked to me about the program. I was shocked and couldn’t believe it!”
The offer from BYU was Speights’ first college scholarship offer.
“This is my first offer,” Speights said. “I don’t know much and have to look more into BYU, but Coach T.O. told me that BYU is a school funded by the Mormon church, but you don’t have to be Mormon to go there. To be honest with you, it all hasn’t really sunk in for me yet. I’m still kind of in shock about it all.”
In viewing Speights’ film, he’s quick off the edge from the three-point stance. A little undersized for a college defensive end, Speights can also play linebacker, which is where he might end up or play a hybrid position like current BYU star Harvey Langi. He feels he gets past that size hurdle with the use of his speed, power, and technique.
“I’m 6-2, 226-pounds right now and I’m a sophomore, so I’m in the class of 2019,” Speights said. “I feel like as a football player I can bull-rush and use different moves to be my opponent. I work on my moves a lot, so when game time comes I’m quick because I work on it a lot. Then I have the strength to bull-rush so I can turn it on either way.
“I play defensive end but I can also play linebacker too. I feel like I’m fast enough for both positions and I’m strong enough for both positions. The thing about me is if I do a drill and I get it wrong I won’t get it wrong the second time I do it. I put a lot of pressure on [myself] not to fail.”
“I’m going to go watch BYU play West Virginia this Saturday,” Speights said. “It will be fun to head out there to watch BYU go to work.”