DT To Make Educated Choice

Alief (Texas) Hastings standout defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase isn't having the type of senior season he had hoped for. "We're 2-6 as a team right now," he said. "Unfortunately, we've had a disappointing season so far."

"Hopefully we can win our last couple games so the younger guys can come back with a good taste in their mouths. It's definitely not the senior year I had hoped for."

Oghobaase (pronounced Ogg o boss ee), 6-6 and 310 pounds, has played every position along the defensive front.

"I think what separates me is my quickness coming off the ball -- especially for my size," he said. "I work hard on the little things -- hand position, footwork, arm extension, stuff like that."

While he has the physical tools you look for in a tackle prospect, he also brings the little things that often enable a player to play as a true freshman. Oghobaase plans on doing that anyway.

"I will be graduating in December and will start college in January so I'll be there for spring ball," he said. "Hopefully that will allow me to play my first year."

The talented lineman, a full academic qualifier, continues to be heavily recruited by everyone except the instate Longhorns.

"Texas isn't even recruiting me and I don't know why," he said. "That's fine by me because I have a lot of good offers and I'm looking at some great schools right now."

He's made unofficial visits to every school on his current list of favorites, as well as one official visit.

"I went up to Stillwater for a visit to Oklahoma State," he said. "I had a blast. They have great coaches and I like the opportunity there. That was a great visit. I'll be back there this weekend for their game against Oklahoma."

In addition to the Cowboys, several other programs are on his list of favorites.

"I also got Miami, Oklahoma, A&M, Duke, Arizona, and LSU," he said. "I've seen all of them unofficially and now I just have to sit down and choose which ones I want to visit officially. Our season ends in two weeks and I want to make an educated decision so I'll carefully look at all of them."

Oghobaase, who visited UM unofficially during the summer, said he had a chance to watch them live against Houston earlier this season.

"That was a great opportunity for me," he said. "I felt Miami could have played better as a team but I watched the defensive line pretty closely and man, those guys are good. They get off the ball quickly, they use their hands well, and they just stay so fresh and really keep coming after people. That's a great environment for a defensive lineman. A lot of those guys will end up in the NFL, too. The coaches are great too. Coach Mario Cristobal is the recruiting coach for my school and I talk to him all the time. He's a great guy."

The talented defender plans on taking four November and December visits before making a final decision.

On a side note, Oghobaase is friends with Martellus Bennett. The two ran into each other at the Texas A&M/Colorado game last weekend.

"I talked to him at A&M on Saturday," he said. "He is decommitted from Miami now but he's still real interested in them. I don't know what he's going to do. I guess he wants to surprise some people or something."

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