Four-Star recruit talks about the Ducks.

Michael Okwo, 6-1, 205 pound linebacker from Manhatten Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa is one of the state's best two-way performers and he has been dominant on both sides of the ball this season. Here's a look at his current top five and his thoughts on his recent head to head battle with Oregon commit A.J Tuitele.

Okwo first caught our eye as a sophomore when he earned All-State Underclass honors and he's gotten better every year. He's been a dominant running back the past two years but is being recruited strictly for linebacker where we currently have him rated the No. 3 player at the position on the West Coast.

Okwo has great quickness and is very good hitter. He's arguably the top cover linebacker in the state and can pursue sideline to sideline as good as anyone we've seen.

The Mustangs won a tough battle over the weekend against city power Banning and their All-State two way performer A.J Tuitele.

"We were talking some serious trash to each other all game long," Okwo said. "I was bringing it and so was he and it was a tough game, one of the most physical games I've ever played in. After the game was over, we were cool with each other and he told me I should come to Oregon with him.

"I told him I definitely want to take a visit and it would be cool if we could take our trip together but I think he might have already taken his official visit there. He's a very good player and played great against us."

Okwo has a solid top five of USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon and Boston College. Boston College?

"Yeah, I get asked that a lot because they're so far away but I really love the Boston area," Okwo said. "I've been there before and loved the area and it's a school that is very intriguing to me. They haven't me offered yet but I would like to take a visit there and I'm going to send them film real soon."

Okwo said along with Oregon, he'll definitely visit Stanford but may not trip to L.A schools officially because he's been to both and they're so close, he could take an unofficial. He said he just finished filling out the application for Stanford and should be ready to send it in within the next week or so.

As for a leader, Okwo said he really is open although he added that Coach Holt (USC LB coach) has made the best impression on him so far and USC is recruiting him the hardest of all the schools he's looking at.

"I've read on different places that at one time Stanford was my leader or USC, really I don't have a favorite right now," Okwo said. "I'm just looking for a school that will give me the best opportunity after football is over to start a career and has good alumni support.

"From a football standpoint, I'm looking for a school that has coaches like the ones I have here at Mira Costa. I've learned so much from them and I have such a special relationship with them. I want to have that same relationship with my head coach and position coach, that's very important to me."

Academically, Okwo is carrying a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1210 on the SAT. He hasn't set up any visits yet but said he would like to trip to Oregon sometime in October.

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