Recruiting: OSU Targets Defensive End

Oklahoma State already has a verbal commitment from one of the nation's top defensive end prospects in Chase Rome of Columbia, Mo. The Cowboys would like to add at least one more defensive end to the Class of 2010, and made an offer Sunday to a four-star prospect who already has nearly 15 scholarship offers.

C.J. Olaniyan of Warren (Warren Mott), Mich., is the 29th-ranked defensive end prospect by Scout.com, and has offers from Michigan State, Penn State, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Purdue.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Olaniyan sent an email to the Oklahoma State coaching staff this weekend asking if they would be interested in recruiting him. Less than 24 hours later, he received a telephone call with an Oklahoma State offer.

"They offered me today," Olaniyan said Sunday evening. "I talked to them today, and they said that they would be sending an offer (in the mail) in a couple of days.

"I've been interested in Oklahoma State a lot. I just like the way the program is. I like that when I watch Oklahoma State (on television) they have the right fundamentals, and the coaches look like they really know how to coach. I really like how they play."

Olaniyan had 85 tackles, nine quarterback sacks and four forced fumbles from his defensive end position while playing for Warren Mott High School last season. He also was a big target at receiver where he made 38 catches for 545 yards and three TDs.

"I'm the type of player that just makes plays," he said when asked to describe himself on the football field. "I can rush the passer, stop the run, do anything ... anything to make plays."

The current Cowboy depth chart has senior Jeremiah Price and junior Ugo Chinasa listed on the two-deep at defensive end, and Olaniyan said his visit with the OSU coaching staff on Sunday certainly caught his attention.

"They talked to me about how every school is going to talk about academics but it's the people at the school, and the people who are going to be helping you, that are going to help make the difference," he said. "Some schools will want you because you're a three-star athlete, or a four-star or five-star, but we really need you because we don't have the (depth) at the position you play. They stressed how they really need me."

Although he's being recruited by numerous Big 10 schools, and lives in Michigan, Olaniyan says that he's planning to picking the school that is best for him. "Distance is not going to be a factor," he says.

He does not have any favorites now but hopes to make a decision in the next month about where he will take his five official visits.

"I'm going to try to get down there (to Oklahoma State) sometime," he added.

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