No. 1 in-state prospect makes OSU connection

IT MAY BE early in the 2010 recruiting class but the No. 1 prospect from the Beaver State has clearly emerged. Portland's Owamagbe Odighizuwa has a boatload of early offers from schools across the country. The explosive defensive end was in Corvallis this past weekend to see if he felt a connection with Mike Riley and staff.

Odighizuwa (6-3, 235) out of David Douglas High has been to Oregon State a number of times before. This past weekend, while on an unofficial visit to Corvallis, was different.

"I really liked it, I felt like I got to know the coaches a lot more," said Odighizuwa. "We were able to talk a little bit more, see a little bit more of the campus.

"I felt like I kind of connected with all of them but I really felt (a bond) with Mike Riley, I felt he was an honest person who was straight up with everything he said."

As he talks further with all the offering schools over the coming year and gets to better know the coaches, things are likely to shift around. Here in February, however, Oregon State has used their proximity to him to make the strongest early impression of any school.

"Oregon State, I made a connection with their coaching staff. And those are really the only people I've met (face to face). Oregon, too -- I met the Oregon coaches but I don't think I connected with them like I did with Oregon State yet," said Odighizuwa.

THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER of the the year in the Mt. Hood Conference as a junior, Odighizuwa said his decidedly early top five, in no particular order, is Oregon State, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Stanford. All have offered.

Odighizuwa named the usual suspects in what will be important to his decision -- "good education, good football program and really good coaches" -- but while most prospects generally end up staying closer to home, that may not end up being the case with Odighizuwa.

"I wouldn't mind staying in Oregon. But I'm kind of thinking right now out of state is more of an option for me," said Odighizuwa who added that his family would also likely move along with him if he ultimately signs with a school outside of Oregon.

AS A JUNIOR this past season at David Douglas, he racked up 96 tackles (73 solo) with 22 for loss including 18 sacks.

And providing more evidence as to how 40 times can often times mean very little, (as well as how they're sometimes inflated in the dot-com world) Odighizuwa said of his personal best in the 40, "Right now it's a 4.78."

College coaches the country over, however, see plenty of speed.

"Every one of them has said they like how I get off the ball, my speed..the tempo that I play at," said Odighizuwa.

Also a strong hoops player for David Douglas, Odighizuwa is an excellent student with a 3.4 GPA.

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