RECRUITING: OU interested in Denton safety

Several of the America's top schools are lining up to see Denton, Texas free safety Ishie Oduegwu.


Ishie Oduegwu is a pure talent in the secondary that loves to lay people out. Oduegwu has been a fixture in the Raiders secondary since his sophomore year, and even as a freshman he played on the varsity as a running back and safety.

"Since that year I have been concentrating on safety, so my running back days or over,' said Oduegwu. "I love playing safety, because I get to watch everything in front of me and then react to where the ball is. I think I can read an offense pretty well and from there make a solid play."

Oduegwu finished last season with 148 tackles, two interceptions and he returned two punts for touchdowns (60, 40). As a sophomore, Oduegwu had a super year with 153 tackles and one interception.

"There are many times I am playing close to the line of scrimmage," said Oduegwu. "There are times I act like I am coming and then I drop back into coverage. I mix it up, but I think I had 30 tackles for loss last year. I get in the backfield quite a bit."

Oduegwu can bench 270 pounds, squats 450, and he has a 35-inch vertical jump. Oduegwu moved from Washington D.C. when he was in seventh grade and he used to attend the Art Monk Football camp back home.

Last year he attended the Texas camp and recently missed the Nike combine at Texas A&M because he was ill. Oduegwu hopes to make it back to the Texas camp and he hopes to add LSU to his camping list.

"LSU and Missouri have offered me and Texas indicates they will offer me soon," said Oduegwu. "Georgia and OU are beginning to show a great deal of interest. In fact, I think OU will call me this week and come by my school soon. I have an interest in both Texas and OU, but at this point I would have to say I lean towards Texas a little bit."

Ishie attended the Texas spring game and is still looking to qualify.

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