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2008 Kentucky Wildcat Recruiting Update from Kentucky Sports Reports' Rob Gidel

Osaze Idumwonyi Profile

Cedar Hill High School is generally not a recruiting ground the Wildcats dip into, but after bringing in a host of players for visits over the weekend, the Lone Star State will include a representative in Kentucky's 2008 recruiting class.

"I committed to Kentucky while I was there," Idumwonyi said. "I knew after the game that was where I wanted to go."

Idumwonyi is a 6-foot-1, 273 pound defensive tackle that projects on the other side of the ball at Kentucky.

"I wanted to commit to Kentucky along time ago, but my parents talked me out of it," Osaze stated. "They just wanted me to see what it was like up at Kentucky and not just commit based on how good the team was playing."

To no one's surprise, the environment and trip to watch the Wildcats defeat LSU was everything and more, Idumwonyi had hoped Lexington would be.

"The fans were crazy," Idumwonyi said. "It was so loud in the stadium. I've been watching every game I could watch that Kentucky had played in, so I sort of knew they could win.

The recruiting process of Osaze began in the summer, when the University of Kentucky was the big defensive lineman's first scholarship offer. Offers from Missouri, Tulsa and UNLV would follow, but the Wildcats continued to lead throughout. It was a first conversation with Coach Brooks that led to his affinity for the school and ultimately his decision.

"I talked to Coach (Rich) Brooks in the summer," Idumwonyi said. "They really wanted me a lot. I could tell that they really liked me as a player. Coach Brooks was a nice guy and told me that they were doing big things in the SEC. Ever since then, I've watched every game and each week I wanted to commit more and more. I just was waiting on the visit, really."

"I do like the direction of the program," Idumwonyi said earlier in the year. "I get mail from every single coach. Not just my position. They send me mail from every single coach. They all tell me how excited they are for me to come out there. It really seems like they are apart of a family up at Kentucky. I really like the direction they are going in."

Idumwonyi is a rare find, as he starred at defensive end as a sophomore, before moving to the offensive line as a junior for state champion Cedar Hill, because of a team need. He is a better prospect for defensive line, than he is offensive line, however, with his low frame and quick feet.

"I'm like a power player, but I'm really quick. I squat about 640," Idumwonyi said. "I run under a three in the 20. I'm a quick explosive player."

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