City College of San Francisco offensive lineman Oge Udeogu received one of the first calls new Iowa State coach Matt Campbell made when his plane landed in Ames last Sunday.
One week later he became his first 2016 commit.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman held offers from Houston, Louisville, Georgia Tech, San Diego State and Iowa State among several others, including Toledo, before committing. Udeogu had a preexisting relationship with new Iowa State offensive line coach Tom Manning.
"I just got the feel when I walked in that this is where I should be," Udeogu said. "The facilities blew me away, coaches are great. Coach Manning is my guy, he’s been my guy, he recruited me out of high school, and the chance to get to play for him and get to play Big 12 football, it’s just something I couldn’t turn down. I’m super pumped right now and ready to get into it."
Udeogu will sign with Iowa State on Dec. 16 as a mid-year transfer with three years to play two and bolsters an offensive line which graduates four key players following the 2015 season, including multiple guards.
The Cyclones view Udeogu as a guard and immediate-impact player who will arrive in January to quickly get acclimated before 2016.
"They told me I can come and be an impact player right now, which is another reason I felt this is where I needed to be," Udeogu said. "It’s a place where I can come, get coached up by some of the best coaches in college football, improve my game and get to play Big 12 football. It’s just an opportunity of a lifetime honestly."
As a team that will be run-oriented in 2016 with 1,000-yard rusher Mike Warren, Iowa State adds a run-blocker in Udeogu.
"I like to take pride in my run-blocking, that’s my thing," Udeogu said. "I feel like I’m good in all the other pass-blocking and all that, but run-blocking is really my thing. That’s what I like to take pride in is putting people on their backs."
And now he knows that wil be at Iowa State.
"A weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Udeogu said. "I’m just really pumped and really fired up that I found the place that I can call home for the next couple years."