16 offers and climbing for Alaka

Nebraska has nabbed a couple of solid linebacker classes the past couple of years, but still there is a need for difference makers at the second level. The Huskers have extended an offer to this Texas linebacker so what are his thoughts on Nebraska?

Things are going good for Houston (Texas) Cypress Falls linebacker Otaro Alaka. The 6-foot-3 and 210-pound linebacker is looking forward to spring practices and stepping up into that senior, leader role this season.

"I think that we start spring practices the week of April 22nd," Alaka said. "I am looking forward to taking on the role of being a leader on our defense."

Before April, Alaka will be making a couple of junior day visits in the coming weeks. They are some big trips too. Trips that typically if you do make you come back with an offer.

"I am going to take a trip to Texas next weekend for their junior day. I am going to Texas A&M on March 2nd for their junior day.

"Getting an offer from those two schools would be two of my top schools. They would definitely be two of my top choices and I am at 16 offers right now."

Alaka can rip off a good number of the schools that have offered him, but he can't quite name them all. The list is impressive though with some of the top teams in the nation already stepping up and extending an offer to Alaka.

"I have offers from Wake Forest, just got that one last week, and I have offers from Michigan, Cal, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Boise State, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Baylor, Northwestern, Tulsa and some others."

It's not even March and Alaka is nearing 20 offers. He says that he doesn't let the process get to him mostly because he plans on making an early decision. He says that ideally he would like to make a decision after spring and by summer.

"I try not to think about it too much because I am just really trying to work on football. I think that I am also going to make an early decision. I think sometime after spring."

There are a lot of things that are going to go into Alaka's college decision, but there are a few that are more important than others. Alaka says that the school's coaching staff is important as well as the education he can receive.

"I am looking at what the coaches are like. The academics are important to me and my family. The school needs to be as good off the field as they are on it. Staying close to home isn't a big part in my decision."

Besides the two in-state schools Alaka is considering a few other schools, out of state schools, for unofficial visits. He would have seen one of these three by now had they not had to cancel a junior day.

"I might go to Oklahoma still. They canceled their junior day earlier so I didn't get to see them. I might also look at some schools out of the state like California or UCLA."

One of the 16 schools to offer Alaka is Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are still a bit of a mystery to Alaka who says that while he is still considering Nebraska that he doesn't know a lot about them, but will be doing some research on some of the schools that offered him in the coming weeks.

"Nebraska offered me a while ago. I haven't really looked at them a lot. I am going to do some more research and stuff. They are still a team that I am interested in."


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