Portland's Odighizuwa says five stand apart

THE BEAVER STATE's most sought prospect in the '10 class -- Portland's Owamagbe Odighizuwa has become a national recruit with 20-plus offers including full rides from Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and others -- has narrowed things down a bit. And there is only one Northwest school in his top five -- Oregon State.

Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 235), rated four stars and the No. 12 defensive end prospect in the land, said he has a top five in no particular order of Oregon State, Florida, UCLA, Cal and USC.

Odighizuwa, out of David Douglas High, said graduating Beaver DEs Victor Butler and Slade Norris becoming NFL draft picks back in April caught his eye, as did the fact Oregon State has finished ranked in the Top 25 the past three straight seasons.

"Just seeing their two defensive ends that got drafted was (big) as was seeing their rise in football. That really got me wanting to take a hard look at them," said Odighizuwa.

THE BEAVERS, SAID ODIGHIZUWA, also made the list in large part because of the way the Oregon State staff has recruited him.

"It was just the fact that I felt a lot of honesty from the coaching staff," said Odighizuwa. "I also felt there was a lot of stability in that staff."

ODIGHIZUWA NAMED THE usual suspects in what will be important to his decision, including academics and coaching staff. The comfort factor with his would-be position coach will be of particular emphasis.

"I want a good relationship with them (off the field) too, being able to come up to them if you have any problems," he said.

With the Beavs, Odighizuwa said he's established a strong bond with OSU d-line coach Joe Seumalo.

"I like him a lot, I think he's a really cool coach, I think he coaches hard. He's somebody I would like to play for," said Odighizuwa.

FOUR OF Odighizuwa's top five schools are on the West Coast. The other is Florida.

"I've been talking to their coaches. I like coach (Urban) Meyer and coach (Dan) McCarney. I feel like I want to get to know that school and I haven't been there yet," he said.

Odighizuwa said he doesn't plan on participating in any school camps this summer but unofficial visits remain a possibility. He's been to the Oregon State campus a number of times.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa profile

  • The Defensive Player of the Year in the Mt. Hood Conference as a junior this past season, Odighizuwa racked up 96 tackles (73 solo) with 22 for loss including 18 sacks.

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

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