Recruiting: Chinasa Says OSU 'Best For Me'

Standout defensive end Ugo Chinasa of Richardson (Berkner), Texas, confirmed Thursday afternoon the report from earlier in the day from his high school head coach, Jim Ledford. "Yes, I committed to Oklahoma State," said the 6-6, 230-pound celebrated defensive prospect. "It was the best school for me. I had a good visit and I just felt good about the players, the coaches, and the campus."

He chose Oklahoma State over Baylor and Alabama, but was also recruited by the likes of LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. It was OSU over Baylor in the end.

"It was a hard decision," said Chinasa.

Chinasa, who finished the season with 96 tackles, 11 sacks, six fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered and an interception returned for a touchdown, also confirmed something we had come across earlier in recruiting. Olaitan Oguntodu, who committed to Kansas over Oklahoma State, had told us that if the decision had been up to his father he would have gone to OSU.

"Coach (Mike) Gundy and his staff know how to relate to football players and their families that are from Nigeria," said Oguntodu. "They make you feel very comfortable and they know the things that are important to you. Because of that I think Coach Gundy and his staff are going to have a lot of success recruiting Nigerian players. If they can impress my Dad ... that is hard to do, so I know they will do well."

Chinasa and his family are originally from Nigeria and he agreed with Oguntodu.

"I don't know Olaitan, but I played against him," said Chinasa. "I would agree because I know that the Oklahoma State coaches impressed my Mom and Dad."

Chinasa said he will look to major in sports management or sports marketing. He has a 3.3 GPA and is a qualifier academically. Chinasa said his favorite game this season, which was a very successful one for Berkner, was against Skyline.

"That's the game I had my interception," explained Chinasa. "They tried to throw a flair pass out to the running back and I jumped up and tipped it and then caught it. I ran about 55 yards for the score."

Chinasa is a very physically gifted player and that was evidenced further by his ranking as a Southwest Top 100 Player and a Top 100 Texas Player in The Dallas Morning News. Chinasa was also named by the Morning News as the newspaper's All-Area Defensive Player of the Year.

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