2016 River Ridge (Woodstock, Ga.) athlete Stephen Omorogbe's recruitment is just getting underway. Early on, he's already grabbed the attention of Auburn after camping there on July 19. He's also had contact with Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kennesaw State.
Now Omorogbe is looking to grab the attention of a school he's followed for some time now—East Carolina.
“I remember when I was 11 or 12 years old, I was flipping through channels,” said the 6-foot-4, 223-pounder. “This was sixth or seventh grade and football wasn't very serious for me yet. The first game I ever watched was East Carolina playing N.C. State.”
“Since then, I've been following them,” Omorogbe continued. “I play as them when I play NCAA Football. My friend Grant Bryant plays basketball there now. It's how I started off watching football and following it.”
Right now, Omorogbe is preparing to send his recruiting information and highlights to recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick.
Omorogbe didn't play his sophomore year. His parents made the decision to pull him from the team after he injured his knee the summer before. Because of that, he's hoping to make a big impact this season as a junior.
“This season I expect to be better than the people I went against at camps,” Omorogbe told Inside ECU Sports. “I went against some heavily recruited kids. I went against some of the nation's best. Really, my goal is just to be better than them. I watched film on other guys that play my position and learn from them...my goal is to be the best that I can be.”
“I've played multiple positions in my football career. I'm a versatile player. I've played fullback, running back, linebacker, defensive line, offensive line, wide receiver, you name it. So I believe, really, I'm just a versatile player.”
Omorogbe will play tight end for River Ridge this season, but most coaches he's talked to are looking to use him as a defensive end. Part of that has to do with his speed. He runs a 4.66 40-yard dash and also runs track and plays basketball.
The biggest focus for Omorogbe is the classroom. His biggest emphasis is his academic focus and, as of last semester, he has a 3.85 GPA.
“My No. 1 priority is school. I don't care too much about what I do in football as long as I get a good education. That's the most important thing.”
Since he didn't play last year, Omorogbe could turn some heads come this fall. Inside ECU Sports will continue to keep track of his recruitment.