Who Is Obi Obialo?

Walk-on Obi Obialo was heading to San Diego State before a broken bone ended his senior season and a chance to play for the Aztecs. But San Diego State's loss is definitely Oklahoma State's gain.

San Diego State has to wish they had known more. Recruiting records on the internet show that Obialo committed to the Aztecs on Dec. 11, 2015 and then something happened between that date and Feb. 3, 2016. Obialo doesn't show up on the San Diego State signees list.

The 6-2, 200-pound receiver turned up in Stillwater this summer working out with Oklahoma State. The Cowboys staff signed his teammate in offensive lineman Dylan Galloway and they learned of Obialo and his availability. This is a big receiver that has speed and athleticism. 

At Coppell, he played some varsity as a sophomore with five catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. His junior season he had 40 receptions for 598 yards and five touchdowns. He was sitting on a big senior season but a broken bone in his lower leg  cost him. He had 22 catches for 154 yards before his senior season ended. If that injury was a reason San Diego State wavered then they blew this one. 

A healthy Obialo has come in and been impressive from the beginning and by the time the Cowboys hit the third practice day he was taking reps with the first offense.

"I've gotten to know Obi pretty well here," Mason Rudolph said. "Obviously, I don't know his entire history and he had the injury in high school. You know he is quiet here and he won't say more than two words to you, but I know him and I've tried to teach him a few things and give him some pointers here and there. He's doing a great job and so are the rest of our receivers."

Before his senior season, Obiamo had attended camps at Baylor and Sam Houston State. He had an offer from Iowa and told Scout he felt good about it. 

"(Receivers) Coach (Bobby) Kennedy at Iowa, I liked him a lot," Obialo said. "Rice, they have a lot of good coaches and it is a good school." 

Of course, all that was before Obialo heard from Oklahoma State, and while a lot of schools left him alone after the injury, Oklahoma State obviously recognized a good thing when they saw it. Everybody else will once the season starts.


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