Navy in on Obanor

Navy is the latest to offer Noruwa Obanor, a rangy 6-foot-2, 188-pound shutdown cornerback, out of Clovis North (Fresno, Calif.). After a big debut as a junior, Obanor had six D-1 offers heading into his senior season, but suffered a neck injury in September that sidelined him the remainder of the season. He hasn't let that deter him and spoke to about possible college destinations.

"I had been hearing from Navy a little bit during the recruiting process," Obanor said, "but the attention really picked up a lot more once my season started. I've been calling Shaun Nua, but I talk a lot with the head coach on Twitter. They both said how excited they are to recruit me. It wasn't just what they saw in me as an athlete but who I am as a person that got them interested. The offer was at cornerback but I could transition to safety once I'm there if it's the better fit.

"I'm excited about Navy. I'd never really thought about the military before, but now I'm thinking it would be a great thing to do. Navy has a great football program with equally impressive academics. Right now, I feel like I'm building up a strong relationship with the coaches and that's a good thing in this process. I heard It's a beautiful place and I'm going to see it for myself. I haven't set up my official visit but I know it's one I want to take for sure."

In what Obanor calls his "learning season" of 2013, he made the move from wide receiver to defensive back, playing the position for the first time in his high school career. He was ready to become finely attuned with the intricacies of the position with another year under his belt, but would suffer a season-ending neck injury in the Edison game on September 19th.

"I feel like I started out the season strong," he said. "After the first three games, I had three touchdowns and an interception and felt like I was ready to explode. It was tough having my season come to an abrupt end the way it did, but I'm going to bounce back strong than ever. I'm doing great mentally and psychically, just waiting for the okay from the doctor to get back to conditioning."

Obanor says the experience has him interested in pursing a health-related field in college. He has options. A flood of offers came in after a standout performance at a RCS camp in Northern California this past summer.

"Eastern Washington actually was the first to offer me during my junior year," Obanor explained. "The rest came in during the summer months with Navy offering just two weeks ago. I'm planning on taking my official visits to Nevada, Colorado State, Navy, and Fresno State. Right now, those are the four programs I'm looking the most at. When I take my visits I'm going to look at academics first, and then how well I get along with the coaches. I'm also going to ask about the alumni system. Are the athletes who don't make it to the league success after college job-wise? Are they getting jobs quickly after they come out? Are the graduating in four years? When I go to Navy, I want to see what kind of jobs they have that I'd be interested in doing when I come out of the academy. I plan on taking all of my visits in January then deciding near the end of the month."

Obanor is the first member of his family to be born in the United States. Both of his parents moved to Southern California as teenagers from Nigeria. Since missing out on his senior senior with football, Obanor plans on returning to track and field in the spring in the long and triple jump events. Top Stories