Ozigbo Committed to Cyclones

Three-star running back commit Devine Ozigbo still hears interest from other schools, but says he is fully committed to Iowa State

Devine Ozigbo had accrued more than 20 offers when he chose to commit to Iowa State in late July.

The interest from schools in the 2015 three-star running back hasn’t necessarily waned since that commitment, but the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Ozigbo is fully entrenched in his Iowa State commitment.

“I hear from different schools, just hear what they’re saying,” Ozigbo said. “I like Iowa State a lot. It would take a lot, a lot to pull me away.”

Ozigbo received offers from schools including Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin among others before narrowing his list. He ultimately chose Iowa State over two other finalists, Iowa and Boise State.

One factor in that decision was the chance for Ozigbo (Sachse, Texas) to eventually play close to home during Big 12 play.

“Me living in Texas, a lot of Big 12 schools get to play here, so I’ll still get a chance to play with and against a lot of my friends from Texas,” Ozigbo said. “That was a big thing getting to play against all the teams I grew up watching and teams I think should have offered me.”

Ozigbo, who ran for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior at Sachse (Texas), is off to a strong start in his senior campaign. Last weekend he rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns, including a 66-yard burst. Overall, Ozigbo has rushed for 319 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in three games so far this season.

“One thing that I’ve noticed, and coaches at Sasche and coaches at Iowa State have noticed on film, is that I’m looking a lot faster,” Ozigbo said. “I’m able to separate when I get into the open field. If I don’t take it all the way, I can definitely take it really close. So I think my speed is something I’m going to keep working on [this season].”

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