Five-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku de-committed from UCLA on Friday.
That means when the elite pass rusher from Gardena, Calif., takes his next official visit, a trip to Notre Dame on Nov. 14, that he’ll do it as a recruiting free agent.
The Irish are among a handful of programs that Betiku will consider moving forward. Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M and USC are also in the mix for the standout from Serra High School.
Betiku wants to play in a 4-3 defensive front that allows its edge defenders to get after the passer. UCLA employs a 3-4 scheme.
The change of plans for Betiku is actually a course correction after Betiku went on record this summer that he’d take his official visits before making a decision. While UCLA was the presumed leader back at The Opening, the timing of the commitment to the Bruins was a surprise.
Betiku took official visits to Florida State and Texas A&M in October and was originally set to see Notre Dame last weekend for the USC game. Instead, he opted to see the Aggies take on Alabama in College Station.
Notre Dame associate head coach Mike Denbrock visited Betiku on Thursday at his school, and the Irish hosted Betiku’s teammate, four-star safety Brandon Burton, on an official visit last weekend.