Recruiting: Oguntodo Picks KU

Mesquite (Horn), Texas safety prospect Olaitan Oguntodu ended weeks of speculation in deliberating between Oklahoma State and Kansas Monday night when he decided on the Jayhawks. The 6-1, 200-pounder had visited both schools during the season along with Boston College, but had narrowed his choice down to the two.

"It's been hard, one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," said Oguntodu. "I knew I had to follow my heart, and I knew that I could reach my dreams and achieve what I wanted to do at both these schools. In the end I had to go with my gut feeling and that was Kansas."

Oguntodu said he informed Oklahoma State first and called OSU assistant Todd Bradford, who was recruiting him for the Cowboys, before he told the Kansas coaches, who were coming to his house for an in-home visit.

"It was a lot my feelings and it was even more difficult because my father weighed in on Oklahoma State," said Oguntodu. "Coach (Todd) Bradford, Coach (Vanmce) Bedford, and Coach (Mike) Gundy all put ther program out there for me to see and recruited me without pressure. The fact that they impressed my father will be a real plus for them in recruiting Nigerian-born football players. There are a lot of Nigerian-born football players and that will go a long way in them attracting some of those players."

Oguntodu, who missed most of this past season after having shoulder surgery, told KU head coach Mark Mangino and Jayhawk assistant Dave Doeren of his decision tonight in his home. A plus for both Oguntodu and Kansas is that he is graduating midterm and will enroll at KU for the spring semester.

I don't often editorialize like this, but Oguntodu is a class young man and conducted himself the way you should in going through recruiting.

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