While Georgetown Prep (Md.) defensive end Chinedu Udeogu remains committed to Cal, his options remain open and he admits playing alongside his brother is enticing.
Both of those factors have Iowa State on his radar.
“I’m definitely 100 percent committed to Cal, I like everything about the school, but I’m just definitely keeping my options open a little bit just incase anything happens,” Udeogu said. “I’m seeing what every other school has to offer because you only go through the process once and I’m just trying to enjoy the process and see what every school has to offer.”
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end, who is ranked No. 96 among all defensive ends in 2016 and is considering one of the top defensive ends on the east coast (No. 9), committed to Cal over Rutgers in mid-November.
Since then, Wake Forest and Iowa State have joined the mix for Udeogu and all three will get visits in January beginning with Iowa State (Jan. 15-17) followed by Cal (Jan. 22-24) and Wake Forest (Jan. 29-31).
At Iowa State, Udeogu will see his brother, Oge, a JUCO mid-year signee who committed to Iowa State in December and arrived for classes last week.
“That’s always been like a dream, to play with my brother,” Chinedu said. “I think also, Iowa State to me is a great program, Big 12 football. I think they’re just a great program and to get to play with my brother would be big. I’m definitely excited about possibly doing that.”
Udeogu, who is originally from Chicago, is being recruited primarily by Iowa State defensive line coach Eli Rasheed. The Cyclones are currently in the process of finishing off the 2016 class with emphasis on the defensive line.
“Basically we’re just talking about how they’re trying to rebuild a little bit, how they struggled last year,” Udeogu said of his conversation with Rasheed. “He’s trying to tell me that basically it starts from the defense, it starts from the D-line, it starts with the people that they recruit. He’s just telling me that they’re basically looking for some D-ends to come in and make an impact on the game.”
Udeogu will major in business or engineering and is hopeful to learn more about both during his Iowa State trip. Those factors, combined with his relationship with coaches, will ultimately be key in his final decision, which isn't expected until after all three visits.
For help with that, he’ll continue to lean on Oge.
“He’s been through the process before me so I definitely ask him questions and different things about the process that I wouldn’t know because he has more experience,” Chinedu said. “We talk a lot all the time not only about Iowa State but just about my options and what’s going on in my recruitment. He basically gives me advice and basically helps me out and tells me what I should and shouldn’t do. I definitely listen to what he has to say.”