Texas Defensive Tackle Up to 26 Offers

Hastings high school in Alief, Tex. has seen a steady flow of college coaches coming to check out star defensive tackle prospect Vince Oghobaase. The 6-6, 300-pound Oghobaase already has 26 offers under his belt. There is no question that Oghobaase should be considered one of the top defensive lineman in the country. Are the Irish interested in Oghobaase? Does he have any interest in Notre Dame?

Vince Oghobaase didn't remember his stats when we spoke with him, but he had no problem naming the schools that have offered him. "I have 26 offers right now," said Oghobaase. "Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Miami, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Florida, Vanderbilt, Michigan, North Carolina, Duke, Stanford, Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas State, Purdue and Baylor are some of them."

With all the attention, Oghobaase says he's going to need some time to sift through all his offers before making a decision.

"I've already been to LSU and Texas A&M," said Oghobaase. "I plan to take some more unofficial visits to narrow things down. I'll visit some schools in Texas, but not Texas--I'm not too fond of Texas. I'll try to visit the Florida schools. Maybe go to Arizona, Georgia, Stanford, and I'll check out Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I just want visit some schools before I start thinking about my favorite schools."

Oghobaase says he'll take all of his visits before making his decision. "I plan to take all five," Oghobaase said. "I know I'll make a good decision. I can't rush into this decision because I'm going to be there for four years. I want that degree to carry some weight when I'm done there. I plan to major in law or engineering so I'll look at that. I'll look at the social life and the student life there. I'm looking for the right fit for me."

One school that seems to be slow in recruiting Oghobaase has been Notre Dame. "They used to write me a lot, but they don't write as much as they used to," said Oghobaase of Notre Dame. "I know their coach came by the school twice during the evaluation period. I think they are recruiting me. They watched film. They talked to my coach, but no offer has come yet. Maybe they saw something that the others didn't and aren't very interested. I don't know."

Usually, in this situation, most Irish fans think he might be a grades casualty--not likely with Vince. "I have a 3.64 core g.p.a. and scored a 1,020 on my SAT," said Oghobaase. "I wasn't happy with that score. I'll probably take that again."

We asked Vince if he was interested in Notre Dame. "I was really happy to get that first letter from them. I don't get them that often any more. It's kind of odd."

Comments: We were very surprised by this interview because Vince seems like a great kid with the grades necessary to get in. We don't know all the particulars so we shouldn't rush to a conclusion. Regardless, Oghobaase is a great player that appears qualified that the Irish don't seem to be recruiting very hard at this point.

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