For another few months, at least, Oge Udeogu's dream is on hold.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound JUCO guard out of City College of San Francisco, who is ranked as the No. 79 overall JUCO in 2016, was originally set to be a mid-year signee, but a holdup with one lone class has delayed his Iowa State arrival.
Udeogu, who will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday and arrive at Iowa State this summer, had schools make attempts to flip him when his recruitment technically re-opened, but is sticking with Iowa State.
“A couple schools did show interest. Illinois, Colorado State, Louisville all showed interest,” Udeogu said of his busy last month. “But the Cyclones and Coach [Tom] Manning and all of them, they’ve been with me and they’ve been sticking with me so I’m going to stay a Cyclone. I didn’t want to entertain any other schools or go on any other visits.”
Louisville had already offered Udeogu before he committed to Iowa State following his mid-December official visit while Illinois and Colorado State recently came in with offers. All three had hoped to line up visits.
Instead, Udeogu had Iowa State coaches visit him, most recently when half of the staff stopped in Chicago to see him. During those trips, the message from the staff and their expectations for Udeogu in 2016 haven’t changed.
“They came by a couple times to the house to meet my family and talk to me and let me know when I come in, come in ready,” Udeogu said. “I’m still going to have to come in and start and contribute early, so just prepare myself and be dedicated throughout these next couple of months.”
Iowa State graduated four contributors from its offensive line in 2015 and has since seen Daniel Burton and Nick Severs depart. The Cyclones hope Udeogu can combine with JUCO lineman Karson Green and Rhode Island graduate transfer Tyler Catalina to immediately bolster the line in 2016.
That and Manning are what is keeping Udeogu with the Cyclones.
“Coach Manning is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country,” Udeogu said. “I just want to get coached up by the best and the opportunity to do that at Iowa State is there so I wouldn’t have wanted to turn that down for really anything. He thinks he can really give me some tools to get better, take it to the next level and make me that much better of a player.”
Udeogu will hope to do that at Iowa State despite the setback and late interest. He graduates in May and will head to Ames shortly after.
“I’m just excited to get started and get into it, get to work,” Udeogu said. “I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time and it’s been a goal of mine, so I’ve just got to get in there and work.”