Odenigbo Visits Evanston

Four-star linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo has a decision date set, and is getting closer to giving his verbal commitment. Odenigbo visited with Northwestern in Evanston over the weekend, where he met with current and future players, along with the Northwestern coaching staff. Get the latest on the highly-touted linebacker in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting report.

Ifeadi Odenigbo has a decision date set. The four-star linebacker is currently in the process of taking his official visits, before preparing himself to make a decision.

"I want a month after my officials—I'm taking them now—and I want it to settle in," said Odenigbo. "I think January 7th would be the perfect date."

Odenigbo (6-foot-3, 218) has narrowed down his large list of offers to Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Stanford.

Over the weekend, Odenigbo returned to Evanston for another campus visit, where he split time with players and coaches. Odenigbo was hosted by Northwestern linebacker David Nwabuisi and Chi Chi Ariguzo, who showed him around campus.

"I spent majority of the time with them and got connect with them," said Odenigbo.

The NU linebackers showed the highly-touted prospect to the city of Chicago, marking the first time Odenigbo—who used to live in Decatur—had ever visited the Windy City.

Odenigbo was amazed by the city's world-class architecture, but he was more impressed by the link between Northwestern and Chicago.

"It shows a connection," said Odenigbo. "Before I graduate, I'll already have a job somewhere in Chicago. Evanston is a nice place to settle down so I wouldn't have to worry about moving somewhere else. It's a nice suburb of Chicago. It has many benefits. Also, if I want to go to an MBA program, there's Kellogg (school of management), which is ranked third in the nation."

When Odenigbo wasn't with Nwabuisi and Ariguzo, he was spending time with NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Odenigbo spent Saturday night at Fitzgerald's house, where they watched football.

"I got to spend a whole bunch of time with him," he said of Fitzgerald. "I got to see how he coaches (while watching practice), which is very important. When I wasn't with the players, I was with the coaches."

During the visit, Odenigbo met with Northwestern verbal commits, such as Dan Vitale and Andrew Scanlan, who gave his verbal on Tuesday morning. The future Wildcats gave a strong recruiting pitch for why Odenigbo should join their class.

Odenigbo spent quite a bit of time with Scanlan, and was excited to learn of his commitment to Northwestern.

"I'm happy he committed," Odenigbo said of Scanlan. "If I got to Northwestern, I'll see him there."

Once Odenigbo wraps up his official visits, he will spend the next weeks considering his options. Odenigbo has enjoyed the recruiting experience, but his ready to wrap it up, too.

"It's been long and draining at times, but it's been a good experience," he said. "I'm kind of eager to get this over with."


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