David Oku is rated as Scout.com's 4th best running back for the 2009 recruiting class. The 5-star tailback from Carl Albert High has been heavily recruited from the start, but he's stated from day one he wasn't looking forward to the constant phone calls from coaches and reporters. He recently made the decision to separate himself from recruiting and is turning his attention to a summer job and working out.
"Nothing is really new with recruiting right now. I have my top 5 of Florida State, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan and Nebraska. Right now recruiting is the last thing on my mind. I'm working at a theme park this summer so I've been trying to focus on that. I cut off my cell phone to take a break from it all, so I've just been working and training."
David trimmed his list in May to the 5 schools he feels like fit him the best. He says that he's pretty secure with these schools and doesn't think anyone will be able to come in a give him something to think about.
"Nothing is going to change in my top 5. UCLA is a school that has been in the back of my mind and they could make a move, but I really doubt it. To be honest I really don't feel like dealing with it. Schools like Georgia Tech and Auburn have tied to contact me but I'm not digging their offenses. I'm not going to be paying attention to any of the schools that aren't in my top 5. The only mail I'll read is from those. The rest I'll just get rid of." "I've just stayed under the radar recently and I've been chilling. I spoke to some coaches a few weeks ago from Michigan and Illinois, but I hadn't really spoken to them in a while before that."
Florida State is the school that Oku has long been a fan of, and they're one of the schools in his final 5. He says that the tradition they've had stands out, but does look at the fact the Seminoles haven't has a 1,000 rusher since Warrick Dunn.
"I love the tradition at Florida State. I know they haven't had a 1,000 rusher in some time so there is opportunity there. It's been a minute since I have spoken to Coach Carter. I think the last time I spoke to him was May 22nd. Basically we talked about my summer plans and about me coming out there to visit. I know how much they want me as a running back."
This summer David plans to head out with Brian Butler and his group to check out some schools. David says that he is looking to see what the schools have to offer and may put some work in while he is there.
"I'll be watching the schools, looking at them and talking to them about what they're doing. I may do some work at each school, but it depends on how it's going. I just want to make sure I check everything out."
"I am going out with Brian Butler because it gives me a chance to see some schools. He is not handling my recruitment or anything like that; I'm doing that myself. I'm not sure I'll get a chance to get down to FSU with Brian's group. I have seen Michigan and Tennessee already, and Nebraska isn't that far away. With the gas prices the way they are I need to talk to my mom about going down to Florida. I'm trying to get there in July for a camp. It won't hurt them at all if I can't get there this summer because I am definitely taking an official visit there."
A topic that has been tied to Oku is his academic situation. Some fan bases have stated that their school stopped recruiting him because of the situation going on and the question of if he'd qualify. He says he understands that, but reiterates he is on pace to qualify.
"I think some of that stuff is coming from people here in Oklahoma. A lot of people are still upset that I want to leave the state. I've been getting a lot of flack for eliminating them, but I'm not a fan and I don't want to stay here. The people who say I won't make grades haven't seen my transcripts. I got all B's this semester. At the start of my junior year I was in bad shape, but I have risen by GPA from a 1.9 to a 2.46 this year. I understand now what it is front of me and I am working hard at it. I took the ACT and got an 18 on the science part, so I feel good that I can do well this Saturday when I take it. I have no doubt that I will qualify for college."
When you talk to David it is easy to sense that the recruiting process has grown tiresome. After the visits this summer Oku plans on lining up his officials so he can get the process over with. He is still hoping that he can graduate early, so there is a chance his recruitment could be over well before Signing Day. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with David and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.