On Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers extended a scholarship offer to 2015 WR prospect Alex Ofodile 6’3” 185 Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge. Afterwards, Ofodile took a few minutes to speak with ShowMeMIzzou.com, and he talked about his Missouri offer, and about his recruitment.
“That was real exciting,” said Ofodile, speaking of the Missouri offer. “I mean, growing up that’s always been the school that I’ve always kind of wanted to play for, and dreamed of playing for, since my dad played for them and everything. So, that was pretty good.”
Ofodile’s father and high school coach, former Missouri player A.J. Ofodile, told him that the Missouri coaches wanted to talk to him, so he dropped by the Missouri Athletic Training Complex on his lunch break. It was then that Coach Pinkel and Coach Hill told him that they had seen enough during the first two games of his junior season, and that they were offering him a scholarship.
“The whole big issue, they told me, was speed,” explained Ofodile, talking about what the Missouri coaches were waiting to see from him. “So, I knew if it wasn’t going to come this year, I’d show enough speed after my junior year. So, I knew eventually, if I kept working hard, it was going to come. But it came so early, I was a little surprised it came this early. But I’m glad it came.”
This summer, Ofodile had lowered his forty time into the 4.6-second range, and after two games in which he made 11 receptions for 159 yards and 2 TDs, his improved speed was evident to the Missouri coaching staff.
“Coach Hill said he saw my last couple of games, and he said I look like a completely different player,” explained the sixteen-year-old Ofodile, who said that he expects to continue to improve his forty time.
“(The Missouri coaches) told me that they just like the way I play,” said Ofodile. “And they know that I worked hard to get faster. So, they know that I’m willing to put in the work, and they told me that’s the kind of guy they want in their program. They told me that if I keep improving, that I’ll be a perfect fit for them.”
The offers have been pouring in for the young Ofodile, who now holds scholarship offers from Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Memphis, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, in addition to Missouri.
“Right now I’m just kind of focused on football,” explained Ofodile. “Probably after this football season, I really want to get a grasp of every school’s that interested in me, just to kind of see what they all have to offer. So, I’m just going to probably try to get around to some visits and learn more about every program.”
Ofodile said that he’d like to make a decision prior to his senior season. But, he hasn’t even begun to narrow things down.
“I haven’t even thought one minute about (narrowing things down), actually,” explained Ofodile. “I’ve just been playing football. Everybody’s pretty much even right now.”
Ofodile said that he’s been to both of Missouri’s games this year. He said that he’ll probably go to most of Missouri’s home games. He also said that he played AAU basketball with fellow 2015 Missouri offer Drew Lock.
“I was happy for the (Missouri) offer for sure,” concluded Ofodile. “That was kind of a childhood dream.”