Huskers and Badgers Should Get Trips

"I went to Notre Dame this summer for the first time," Tobi Okuyemi said. "That was great. I really liked the facilities and the campus. Everything there was great. I also like how they are a team on the rise." While the Irish may make Okuyemi's short list, they are not one of his seven scholarship offers. "But they seem really interested. They said they want to see tape of my first three..."

Tobi Okuyemi, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound three-star defensive end from Wayzata Senior High School in Plymouth, Minn., still denies a favorite but says he's getting closer to naming a final five.

"I'm hoping to narrow it down in September," Okuyemi said. "I want to make sure the school I choose is someplace I can spend the next four to five years and not regret the decision."

While he hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, Okuyemi knows he won't make a decision until some of those visits are taken. "I need to feel like I'll be able to fit in," he said.

He didn't attend any camps this summer but he's already visited several schools.

"I went to Notre Dame this summer for the first time," he said. "That was great. I really liked the facilities and the campus. Everything there was great. I also like how they are a team on the rise."

While the Irish may make Okuyemi's short list, they are not one of his seven scholarship offers. "But they seem really interested," he said of the Irish. "They said they want to see tape of my first three games and they'll make a decision after that."

Another school that has been showing Okuyemi interest but hasn't offered yet is Tennessee. "They're sending a lot of mail actually," he said. "I think they want to see how I do this season too."

Okuyemi, ranked as the No. 67 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, has scholarship offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Michigan State. He says he's close to setting up a visit with the Huskers and Badgers.

"Those are probably gonna be the first visits I take," he said. "I went to the Wisconsin Junior Day earlier this year and I visited Nebraska during the summer.

"Nebraska is a great place," he said. "The facilities are top of the line and I have a good connection with the coaches there. They are all great guys and I love how they run things. They seem very laid back and easy to talk with. I just felt like I could really learn a lot from them."

The school that is recruiting Okuyemi hardest was also his first offer – Iowa. "They send the most letters and emails," he said. "I'm always getting something from them.

"I like the program a lot," he said. "They have a good running game and I think they're a little under the radar. They always seem to be a top 25 team but people don't talk about them too much."

Okuyemi starts his senior season on Sept. 3 (Thursday) when Wayzata Senior takes on Eastview High School from Apple Valley, Minn.

Okuyemi reports a 2.9 core GPA and a 25 ACT.


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