Cuts Coming In The Next Couple Months

Since starring at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio back in early January, Owamagbe Odighizuwa has become a national recruit. Schools like USC, Florida and Notre Dame have stepped to the table with full-rides, and the four-star defensive end from Portland, Ore., is just feeling out his many suitors.

Come this summer, several schools will be scraped from Owamagbe Odighizuwa's scholarship plate.

"I want to have my list narrowed down to probably like seven to 10 schools," Odighizuwa said.

"First, I'm just going to cut out schools I know for sure I don't see myself going there. The schools that haven't contacted me after they've offered, schools that haven't got to know me."

Notre Dame appears to be in a nice position to make the initial cut.

"I feel they're in good shape," the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Odighizuwa said. "Just the great tradition at the school, and all the great things I've heard about it."

The David Douglas High standout keeps in touch with Irish defensive line coach Randy Hart through email.

"He just talks about their spring practices and how it's going, and just how many days away there spring game is."

While Hart and Odighizuwa keep up relations, there are a few more schools that are remaining in constant contact with Scout.com's 13th-ranked defensive end. One program has pretty much lined up one of Odighizuwa's five official visits.

"I talk to Florida a lot," he said. "I talk to coach (Brian) White and coach (Urban) Meyer.

"It's a pretty good feeling that they're recruiting me pretty hard and pretty good, and I'm all the way up in Portland, and they have an interest in me. That's pretty good itself."

Stanford is also a school that is staying on top of Odighizuwa. He took a recent visit to the Palo Alto, Calif., campus.

"It's a really good place."

Odighizuwa added that UCLA and California are among the schools recruiting him the hardest.

This past season, Odighizuwa had 96 tackles, with 22 of those coming for loss including 18 sacks. Besides Stanford, he has visited Oregon and Oregon State. Other than Florida, Odighizuwa isn't sure where else he'll visit this coming summer and fall.

"I still plan on taking all five of my official visits."

Notre Dame could very well end up getting one of those coveted trips.


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