Oku breaks it down

Without a doubt, one of the top players left on Nebraska's board has to be David Oku, the 5-foot-10 and 185-pound running back out of Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert. Oku has narrowed the scope of his recruitment and recently Big Red Report caught up with the elusive RB to get his take on the recruiting process.

David Oku, one of the most talented RB in the nation recently trimmed his list of suitors to five schools; Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, Florida State and Tennessee. David will take his time now, make official visits and choose the best school for his future. Right now he's just trying to beat the dog days of summer.

"It's pretty hot around here," said Oku. "I've been just working out and working a job and that's about it. I work at an amusement park and I like it, but I won't be there much longer, we start school back in about two weeks."

When David does return to school he's expecting big things from his team this year. David even thinks they have what it takes to make it all the way.

"We look real good, in my opinion there's no reason we shouldn't win state. We have a pretty good quarterback too. He's more of a baseball player, but he can still play some football."

On the recruiting front, David was asked to give brief description's of those lucky finalist and what attracted him to each school.

Tennessee: "My friend Gerald Jones (2007 class) goes there, and I think they're going to be pretty good the next couple years. To be honest, I think they might win the National Championship in the next couple years."

Michigan: "Coach Rod is there, he is going to try to get things turned around."

Illinois: "Coach Ron Zook is a pretty good coach and I like what he is doing there; you just have to ask yourself if they are a one hit wonder."

Florida State: "They have good tradition. Coach (Bobby) Bowden probably won't leave for a couple more years, so they're trying to get things turned around before he does. They're trying to get back to the old FSU."

Nebraska: "I like coach Bo Pelini. He is going to get them back to the Nebraska of the 90's. Back to being a powerhouse like the old Nebraska. I'm familiar with some the great I-backs they've had too."

Nebraska fans might look at his list and wonder, why is Nebraska the only big 12 team? Does that give the Huskers an advantage? According to David, his interest in Huskers has a lot to do with the coaches.

"It's not really an advantage, I just really like coach Beck and coach Cotton a lot. They are really honest about things, and I like that. Those are some real good guys, and I like talking to them about Nebraska and where I could fit in."

Oku was also aware of the recent commitment of Cody Green, a five-star recruit from Dayton (Texas), to Nebraska, but a couple other commits for the Big Red also piqued his interest.

"Yeah I know all about Cody Green, he is a great player. But I also like those O-line commits. You have to have those big guys up front. It's nice to see them bringing in more good linemen. I always keep an eye on who is recruiting who."

Rumors have been flying around about David and his recent final five. Noticeably missing from that list are the two in-state powers Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (both offered). While David said it was nothing personal against the two universities, he does have his reasons for looking elsewhere.

"My coach wanted me to give them a look (Oklahoma), but I just didn't really want to. But I did give them a look and I didn't really see anything I liked. I've just never been a fan of them, never really had any interest.

"I cut Oklahoma State because it seems things around there aren't taken seriously by the players. If they lose a game around there no one really cares, they just go out and party like it's no big deal.

"I don't want to go just anywhere, I don't want to go to a school like that. I want to go to a school where everybody in the program lives and dies football."

Another thing David will look at is the offensive system he'll be playing in. It seems he might favor a more traditional set as opposed to the spread. It's also something he'll be thinking hard about when it's time to choose a school.

"We run kind of a spread at my school, but honestly I'm not that big of a fan of the spread. If I could one day make it to the NFL, I don't think that offense prepares you for that league.

"All the reads and line splits are different so that's something I have to consider. I don't want to run side to side, I want to run downhill. I like to make one cut and get up the field, I always hit the hole as hard as I can. That's my take on it."

David said he has chosen December 11 as his announcement day. Big Red Report will continue to bring you the latest on David Oku's recruitment.

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