Odeyingbo Favoring Four

Having built a good relationship with Wisconsin secondary coach Bill Busch, Irving (TX) Cistercian Prep defensive end Dare Odeyingbo feels comfortable putting the Badgers on his list of favorites.

There are three stages that recruits will go through during their recruitment process: collecting offers, making cuts/taking visits and making a commitment.

After collecting over a dozen offers, Irving (TX) Cistercian Prep senior Dare Odeyingbo is ready to start transitioning into the second phase of his recruitment.

“I’ve slowly started to develop some favorites from my scholarship list,” Odeyingbo told BadgerNation. “I’m starting to get a little farther in the process so I feel like it is time for me to start making cuts as I close in on a decision.”

The 6-2, 240-pound Odeyingbo – rated a three-star prospect - is starting to favor four schools: Iowa, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

“Really those four schools have what I’m looking for in my college football experience,” Odeyingbo said. “They have great academics, great coaches that would keep me accountable and be there for me when it comes to my education.”

Recruiting the state of Texas extensively this season, Wisconsin safeties coach Bill Busch has handled Odeyingbo recruitment and the two have been able to develop a good relationship.

“I talked to coach Busch on Sunday through Twitter,” Odeyingbo said. “We talk, either through Twitter or on the phone. We use Twitter to talk when we know we don’t have time to talk on the phone for a long time. When we do talk on the phone, we try and figure out when I can get to Wisconsin for a visit and he’s curious to see what I’ve been up to. He’ll also tell me what is new with him and what’s going on with the football program.”

Since switching to the 3-4 defense, Wisconsin’s coaching staff has tried to identify players who fit multiple roles in their scheme to create flexibility within the defense. Although Odeyingbo plays defensive end and projects to that position in college he has the ability to play linebacker.

“Coach Busch sees me as a hybrid type, someone who can put their hand in the dirt or have me stand up and get after the quarterback,” Odeyingbo said. “I think that position seems like a lot of fun. You get to line up around the field. I think a position like that would suit me well.”

Rated a three-star prospect and the No.52 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, Odeyingbo still doesn’t know what he’s going to study in college but finding the right academic fit is just important to him as finding the right football fit.

“Life after football is just important to me as football because football can only take you so far in life,” Odeyingbo said. “When you are done with football you still have plenty of life to live so you need that second option. My goal is to get to the NFL but I may not be good enough or I may suffer an injury. That is why you have to have a backup plan and having that degree is a great backup because my degree will help me get a good job.”

Of his four favorites, Odeyingbo was able to attend Vanderbilt’s Friday Night Lights Camp in June.

“When I went to the Vanderbilt camp they said they saw a lot of potential and upside in me,” Odeyingbo said. “I’m still growing into my body but it was just a lot of positive talk from the Vanderbilt coaches. I just wanted to show what I could do on the field and I wasn’t too worried about what they thought because you can’t control what they think.”

With Odeyingbo working hard on his game this summer, he has a goal of becoming bigger and faster entering his final year of high school.

“I like to think of my game as physical but smart,” Odeyingbo said. “I try to win the mental and physical battle across from my opponent. So I’ve been trying to work on my foot speed and change of direction that I know will benefit me this year and when I get to college.”

Currently setting up official visits to his top four schools, Odeyingbo doesn’t want to overlook anything a school has to offer.

“I think to properly make a decision you can’t look at just one thing,” Odeyingbo said. “You need to look at a lot of aspects. You need to take everything into consideration such as dorms, professors, coaches and classes because that is where you are living for four to five years. If you don’t take everything into consideration then it’s on you.”

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