David Oku is a 5'9" 195 dynamo from Carl Albert High in Oklahoma City, OK. The star running back has some of the best highlight film out there so far for the 2009 class, and that video is translating into offers from colleges across the country. "Recruiting is going good right now. It's slow right now. I sent out some film to some schools this past week in USC, Michigan, Oregon, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and a bunch of other schools. Right now I am up to 10 offers. They are from Tennessee, FSU, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Minnesota, Kansas State, Tulsa, Colorado and Oklahoma State," said Oku.
David is possibly the top player in Oklahoma for the 2009 class. With that some people feel that makes him a lock for the in-state power Oklahoma Sooners. David states that isn't the case, saying, "Oklahoma is Oklahoma. They do their recruiting the way they do it. I'm not going to sit around waiting for it. If they offer, they offer. If they don't, they don't. I'm looking to do other things. I'm not a fan of OU like people think. For me it would be another offer."
Surprisingly it's been a school over 1,000 miles away from home that was Oku's childhood favorite. "Florida State has always been a school I have liked. You can ask anyone here in Oklahoma who I like, and they'll say FSU. People always ask me if I am going to go there. When I got the offer I was excited. I still want to check out schools and all, but FSU is a school I am considering," expressed Oku.
There are a few coaches that David has built a relationship with from FSU. He tells NoleDigest he talks to running backs coach Dexter Carter the most, but he has talked to future head coach Jimbo Fisher, too. He said, "I talk to Coach Carter and Coach Fisher. I get along pretty well with them. I call Coach Carter a lot. I called them first and told them I was interested in coming to FSU. Since then they've offered and we've been in contact. Coach Carter talks about making the right decision for me and what's right. He tells me about taking my time and checking out what's up with these schools."
At this stage it is early in the process for Oku, but he has 7 schools he is considering at this time. He said that he doesn't want to go through the process. "I know I am taking an official to FSU. I'm not going to go through the process. I don' want to deal with all the stuff. When I get the offers from the film I just sent out and get on a roll with this, I'm going to break it down. Right now the 7 schools I am really looking at are even. They are:
Florida State: "The history they have. So many people have made it in the NFL. Guys like Deion, Dunn, Brooks, Cromartie, Ward, Buster Davis; the list just goes on."
Tennessee: "Gerald Jones goes there. We are good friends."
Virginia Tech: "I've been there before. I like the state itself. It's very nice there."
USC: "They have great tradition and they are it right now."
Oregon: "They are making a surge and a name for themselves."
Clemson: "They have running backs galore. Spiller and Davis are good."
With his senior season several months away, Oku says there are things he needs to work on. He said, "I need to work on my size. I am 5'9" and I'd like to grow a few inches. I can always work on my speed. That can always get better. I've been gaining weight and I am up to 185 pounds. I don't like to compare myself to others, but I'd say I am like Maurice Jones-Drew in that I shock people. They underestimate my power and speed. I think what makes me stand out most is my vision. All the schools I have talked to have said that is what make me stand out from others."
Not only does Oku want to end the process because of the strain of the attention, he also intends on enrolling early to the school of his choice. "I am trying to enroll early," said Oku. "I want to do that so I can get a jump on school. I am done this semester with high school, so there is no point in me going back for the spring. I'm trying to get through all of that right now. I'm going to take all 5 visits, but I'm not sure when. I'm going to do it as early as possible. I'll take it through the summer and end it before the season," said Oku.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.