Wayzata DE Tobi Okuyemi Gets Major Interest

Tobi Okuyemi, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata, helped lead the Trojans to a 14-0 mark this past season and a Class AAAA Prep Bowl championship. Okuyemi was named third-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Okuyemi after the Trojans' first-round playoff basketball win over Minneapolis Southwest to learn the latest.

Tobi Okuyemi told GoldenSports.Net that he has picked up some recent recruiting interest.

"Right now, I have five offers," he said. "The U of M (Minnesota), Wisconsin, Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska. Nebraska, most recently from last week."

Okuyemi has plans to make several visits in the next month.

"I am planning on going to the Nebraska spring game in April and possibly the Iowa and Wisconsin games, depending on how my schedule works out."

Okuyemi is not sure of his summer camp plans.

"I think that a couple of guys from my school are going to Iowa for their one-day camp," he said. "Other than that, I'm not sure. I want to figure out what is on my list for this summer."

Okuyemi also figures to visit the local school.

"I'll probably go to the spring game for sure," he said. "I'm not sure about the camp. It depends on my schedule."

Okuyemi said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"It's still pretty early right now. I am trying to get my feel for things," he said. "Seeing the schools and and everything and what they have to offer. It's going pretty well right now."

Okuyemi has missed most of the basketball season after suffering an injury in the season opener.

"I tore my meniscus and I am out for the whole season," he said. "I'm doing rehab and I am pretty much good right now. It's just kind of late to get back into it."

Okuyemi plans to participate in sports in the spring.

"I think that I might do a little bit in track," he said. "Some sprints to get my speed up."

Okuyemi is not sure if he will play basketball next season.

"It depends on my next season in football," he said. "It depends on that, what I feel like and do I want to take a break."

Okuyemi is also uncertain of a college major.

"Not yet. It's still early," he said. "Depending on what school I go to and what interest is."

Okuyemi played sports throughout his childhood.

"Basketball, football and soccer," he said. "I played soccer until my eighth grade."

Okuyemi plans to work hard to prepare for his senior season.

"Right now, I am doing a pretty intense weight-lifting program five days a week," he said. "We are doing some morning drills, 7-on-7 and 'Trojan Power' in the summer, which is every-day lifting and team-building. I'm working out with that."

Okuyemi said that he is getting looks at two positions on the defensive side of the field.

"Defensive end/outside linebacker, depending on where I fit in with their schemes," he said. "I prefer a defensive end, but really I don't care as long I'm playing."

Okuyemi has high hopes for the 2009 season, despite the loss of many talented players.

"We are trying to do it again," he said. "If we work hard and have a good offseason. Work hard and have some people step up and we can for sure have a chance of repeating."

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