Obomanu to decide today

Four colleges will be eagerly awaiting word out of Selma, Ala., this evening to see where one of the country's top receivers wants to play football. Ben Obomanu has set a news confrence for 5 p.m. today to announce his commitment.

Obomanu has narrowed his choices down to Auburn, Florida, LSU and Alabama. Through the recruiting process, each of the schools has appeared to be the frontrunner at some point but Obomanu has played his hand close to his vest in terms of his leanings.

Auburn, which is the closest school to Selma, was thought to be the favorite, but head coach Tommy tuberville had groud to make up once he dismissed his offensive coordinator. Florida was also a favorite school but the decision of Steve Spurrier to head to the NFL leaves the Gators' status in question.

Alabama made a late push for Obomanu but took a blow late last week when the NCAA handed down its penalties to the Crimson Tide for its recruiting violations under Mike DuBose. But worth noting is that every one of Alabama's early commitments has reaffirmed his pledge.

LSU's depth at wide receiver could be viewed one of two ways by Obomanu. Either he can consider it a chance to play with some of the best receivers in the nation, or he can look for a program where there is not as much competition.

Obomanu, a candidate for class valedictorian with a 4.0 grade point average, has likely put lots of thought into his decision and will end speculation later today.


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