One of the first calls new Iowa State coach Matt Campbell made after his plane landed in Ames on Sunday evening was to the West Coast and City College of San Francisco offensive lineman Oge Udeogu.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman, who had already held an Iowa State offer and was scheduled to visit Ames this coming weekend, was reassured: His offer still stands and the new staff would like to get him to town.
“Coach Campbell got in and four or five hours after he got in he gave me a call, Coach Campbell and Coach [Tom] Manning, the O-line coach,” Udeogu said. “They really wanted to get me out this weekend, so I just scheduled my official for Friday and they’re really excited about me coming in.”
Udeogu, who will sign Dec. 16 with three years to play two, will keep that previously scheduled visit and will arrive this coming weekend to get a closer look. He holds offers from Houston, Louisville, Georgia Tech, San Diego State and Iowa State among several others, including Toledo.
That longstanding connection to Toledo helped the transition.
“I’ve known Coach Manning since high school,” Udeogu said. “He recruited me to Toledo out of high school. I really respect him as a coach and I’ve seen the great things he’s done as far as putting players out there and getting people better. I just respect him a lot.”
Iowa State, which graduates four offensive linemen from 2015, sees Udeogu as an immediate-impact player at guard. As a mid-year transfer, Udeogu would have the winter and spring ball to get acclimated.
Udeogu has previously visited Houston and plans to fit one more visit in next weekend to an unspecified school before signing. First up, he’ll get his long awaited first look at Iowa State beginning Friday.
“I just want to get a feel for the place and the atmosphere and just basically see if I could see myself there for the next couple of years, really, and get to know the coaching staff and see how they like me,” Udeogu said. “Just get a feel for everything.”
Udeogu isn’t expected to make a decision this weekend. The current plan is to see how things go after the next two weekends and make a decision shortly before or on Dec. 16.
“The fact that they have four senior linemen graduating is a huge opportunity for me to come in and be a big impact right away, which is something I’m really excited about,” Udeogu said. “I’ll go on the visit to see how I feel about it and probably weigh my options out a little bit before I make a decision.”