Odenigbo Seeks The Right People

Four-star linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo expected to have made his decision months ago, but has found the decision to be more difficult than originally anticipated. Odenigbo is spending the fall taking official visits and working to better identify which school and people are right for him.

Ifeadi Odenigbo was thrilled to receive his first scholarship offer from Cincinnati. He was unsure how many more offers would come. Then …

"Boom, boom, boom, boom."

The four-star linebacker currently sits on 33 total offers from schools in every major conference.

Odenigbo has four favorites of that large list. They are Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Stanford.

The original plan was for Odenigbo to give his commitment before his senior season. He took unofficial visits to each school in hopes identifying the right school. That turned into a challenge he was not ready for.

Odenigbo is taking official visits this fall, in hopes that will lead him to the right school. He visited South Bend in October to see the Fighting Irish and USC. This Saturday, he will make his second visit to Stanford for their game with Oregon. He also has a visit set up at Northwestern for the weekend of December 9th.

Back in June, Odenigbo spent time in Evanston with head coach Pat Fitzgerald and linebackers coach Randy Bates. Throughout his recruitment, he has stayed in contact with the coaches.

Odenigbo has gained a great appreciation for Fitzgerald and Bates.

"They have good social skills," Odenigbo said of the NU coaches. "They can relate to me and that's important when it comes to a coaching staff—relationships with the players and talking to players. I'm very, very comfortable with Coach Fitzgerald and Coach Bates."

During their phone conversations, Bates has told the standout linebacker about what makes the Wildcats different than others. They are a tight-knit team. Odenigbo wants to witness it first-hand.

"Last time when I went to visit, I didn't get to see any players because everyone was on vacation or with their family on summer break," he said. "I'm excited to see the players and spend some quality time with them."

Odenigbo has a top-four of favorites, but said that every school still has a chance. He hopes to find a school with a mix of strong academics and football, but is looking for more than that, too.

With a strong list of schools, what will make the difference?

"To make the difference, the coaching staff," said Odenigbo. "Can I spend the next four or five years with the coaches? And can he make me the best on and off the field Also, the group of people I'm with. I want to be with good people. I always think that's important."


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