North Florida DB Gets UM Call

Ochuko Jenije was the first member of his family to be born in America. His parents moved here from Nigeria and Jenije has been raised here. He's been playing football for most of his life.

"It's been great," Jenije saod. "I've learned a lot. I have a lot of fun out there playing and hopefully I can continue doing it for a long time."

Jenije, 5-11 and 175 pounds, has been shutting down opposing receivers for the last couple seasons at Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian.

"We're doing pretty good so far," he said of his 2-2 football team. "My main focus has been on this season and making sure I can have the best season possible."

After having emerged as one of the top cornerback prospects in North Florida during the summer, Jenije has been playing very well so far this season.

"I've got some offers and a lot of coaches that are calling every week," he said. "I'm keeping my options open. I'm still looking at several different schools."

Being a teammate of highly recruited linebacker Marcus Sims has helped provide some promotion for Jenije.

"USC was recruiting Marcus and they noticed me I guess," he said. "They started recruiting me and I'll be taking a visit out there with Marcus later in the year. I'm also looking at Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, a bunch of them."

A new team surfaced on the recruiting map within the last couple days.

"I was at church Wednesday night and Miami called," he said. "I hadn't heard from them so I'm interested in hearing what they have to say."

The talented defender, who is fully qualified, was at the FSU/Miami game earlier this season.

"I'm a defensive back so the game was really good to me," he said. "Those were two great defenses on the field. It was just fun watching all those athletes running around in the secondary. That's a whole lot of speed. I was very impressed with both sides."

Jenije, who also attended the UM/Clemson game on an unofficial visit, has not yet scheduled the rest of his visits but Florida State could be tough to beat having the hometown edge.

"Florida State's a great program and I've gotten to know some of the coaches really well," he said. "They're close to home and everything but I just have to make the best decision for me."

Jenije hasn't received written scholarship offers from the three in-state programs yet but they're obviously keeping a close eye on him.

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