4-star OLB Odenigbo Explains Upcoming ND Trip

Centreville (Ohio) High linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo is visiting Notre Dame in two weeks. He already has a top five, and will visit two other schools, and has been to the South Bend, Ind., campus already. So, why is he heading there again? And does he have a pecking order among the schools on his list?

Scout.com's third-rated outside linebacker in the 2012 class is planning a visit to Notre Dame in two weeks, but it is not for him.

Centerville (Ohio) High's Ifeadi Odenigbo said he will visit Notre Dame "July 25 or 26," and added he has seen plenty of the school.

"I've already seen Notre Dame. It's really for my parents," the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Odenigbo said. "My parents have yet to see it. When I went in the winter …my parents never got to see it."

Odenigbo recently trimmed his list to a top five -- Stanford, California, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Northwestern – and another two.

After his visit to Notre Dame, two other schools could get unofficial visits.

"The other schools I'm trying to visit are Michigan State and Illinois," Odenigbo said. "I told them I would visit, and also my dad went to Illinois. But we'll see how it goes."

A month ago, Odenigbo said Notre Dame lagged behind a few other schools in the recruiting process, and talked about whether that is still the case.

"I'm not so sure right now," he said. "Each school is pretty even, so I'm taking my time in the recruiting process. My parents are going to play a big part in it."

A huge part of Odenigbo's decision will be academics, particularly learning how his intended major fits in at each possible destination.

"This recruiting process made me mature a lot quicker than I expected," he said. "It made me get an idea what I want to major in, which I hadn't thought about. I want to major in computer science.

"That's my main goal, and schools like Stanford and Cal, located in the backyard of Silicon Valley, so if the NFL doesn't work out I could get a job in the Silicon Valley. That is really appealing to me."

Extended family could also play a role in the decision, and Odenigbo has some in northern California's Bay Area.

"The most important reason why I'm so interested in the west coast schools is I have a lot of family out there," he said. "Most of my relatives live in San Francisco, and I have an uncle who lives in Hayward."

Odenigbo also has ideas about time frame for his decision.

"I might decide mid-way (through his senior season), or after the season," he said. "We'll see how the whole recruiting process goes."

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