Betiku high on Notre Dame early

2016 three-star defensive end Oluewole Betiku of Gardena (Calif.) Serra gives his thoughts upon receiving a Notre Dame offer.

Junior defensive end Oluwole Betiku of Gardena (Calif.) Serra may have just concluded the first year he's ever played the game of football, but his offer list would suggest otherwise.

Offered by Notre Dame on Monday, Betiku also boasts offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boston College, Florida State, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound athlete said the Notre Dame offer was one he hoped would soon come his way.

"I have been talking to the Notre Dame coaches for a while, so this wasn't a surprise. They are a great school, and they have great alumni and tradition. Their games are always on TV. They wear gold helmets and have great looking uniforms."

Betiku, who moved to the United States in the summer of 2013 by virtue of the Xtreme Procision International, played basketball and soccer before playing football this year.

"The toughest adjustment (off the field) has been talking to people because they don't always understand my accent," Betiku said. "On the field, people say I am good at pass rushing."

For Betiku who's just beginning to delve into the recruiting process, other than a scheme that fits his style of play, he's unsure of exact specifics he wants to find in a college.

"Honestly, I really don't know," Betiku said. "I really like Notre Dame. I've been waiting for this offer for a really long time. I always asked my coaches when they thought this one would happen. It's a top school for me right now."

When Betiku visited the east coast, he made stops at Penn State, Maryland. He has also taken in local games at UCLA and USC.

"I want to visit a lot more schools," Betiku said. "I've really only seen the schools close to me. I don't have a favorite school right now and I want to take my time when I make a decision because my dad and I and my coaches want to look at the tape and see how the defensive coaches want to use me. I want to play defensive end in college."

Betiku played defensive end primarily this season at Serra, though next year he'll likely see more time at outside linebacker.

He points to his attitude and effort level on the field as what has driver his success thus far.

"I would say the best part (about my game) is my hustle," Betiku said. "Whatever is going on in the game, I go full speed. That's just how I play. I am working on getting better at tackling in open space."


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