Thanks to a strong junior campaign at Brother Martin where he finished with 45 tackles, 19 stops coming for a loss, and three sacks, Julien Obioha has had no shortages of college coaches to audition for this spring.
“They have been coming through here ever since we started practicing,” said Brother Martin head coach Mark Bonis. “Julien is someone they all really like. He’s got some scholarships already, and other coaches say they are close to offering.”
At Tuesday’s practice, LSU and Cal coaches roamed the sidelines.
In purple and gold representing Les Miles and the Tigers was recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and defensive coordinator John Chavis, who watched Obioha go through individual drills for more than a half hour.
With one defensive end committed (Torshiro Davis), Chavis and defensive line coach Brick Haley are in search of multiple bodies, and Obioha is inching closer and closer to becoming one of the in state prospects to earn an offer at the spot.
“I saw them out there and gave it my best,” said Obioha, who has lined up at both end and tackle this spring. “LSU is an offer I definitely would like to have. My brother Daniel goes there and is on the track and field team. That would be cool to be with him.
“I know that when I last talked with coach Frank (Wilson) that he said I was getting close to an offer. I’m hoping that they see something they like and do it.”
While the Tigers have yet to pull the trigger on the up-and-coming defensive end prospect, a number of schools have already put their name into the hat.
“Some offers off the top of my head are Nebraska, Arizona, Cal, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss,” Obioha said. “I visited Mississippi State and really liked it. That’s one place I want to get back to. Arizona and Cal are schools that I still have to visit. I talked with their coaches and liked what I heard, so they are up there on my list right now.”
Obioha, who has been invited to the Bayou Picnic - a weekend for committed prospects and the staff’s top uncommitted talent to get together - on LSU’s campus at the end of the month, will certainly continue to see his stock rise over the coming months.
Checking in at 235 pounds as a junior, Obioha has since grown to 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, with room to comfortably add more to his frame. With his speed off the edge and strength off the line, coaches are not hesitating when it comes to the green light on his evaluation.
“Everyone I have talked to has said great things, and most coaches have backed things up with an offer,” Obioha said. “I feel good because I have worked hard, but I am not going to settle.
“Even though my recruitment is picking up, I am going to try and take visits to the schools I am interested in and meet all the coaching staffs before I commit to a school. That’s my stance for now.”
Brother Martin, who finished 8-4 in 2010, will end spring practices this week.