4-Star LB Sets Oregon Visit

We had a chance to watch Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa take on Inglewood (Calif.) last Friday in a match-up of the two of the top players on the West Coast. Mustang linebacker Michael Okwo was hands down the best player on the field and was dominant on both sides of the ball.

Inglewood, led by All-American defensive end Lawrence Jackson, present a formidable challenge to Costa but the game was over at halftime as the Mustangs rolled to an easy 43-20 win that wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. Costa led 21-6 at halftime and 42-12 late in the game before pulling their starters.

Okwo was the offensive star of the game rushing 21 times for 155 yard and two scores. He's not a graceful runner but is relentless and very difficult to tackle. He has enough speed to get to the corner and will never shy away from lowering his shoulder and burying an opposing tackler.

On defense, Okwo has great instincts and flies to the football. One of his greatest assets as a linebacker is his ability to cover but that wasn't on display in this game as Inglewood threw deep when they did throw or ran their normal wing T offense. The more we see him, the more we feel Okwo has a very good chance to play early in his college career.

On the recruiting front, Okwo has set up one trip and is still looking at the same five schools from a month ago when we last spoke with him.

"I'm going to visit Oregon (Nov. 15) and my other schools are still UCLA, USC, Boston College and Stanford," Okwo said. "All but Oregon and BC have offered me. I want to take as many trips as I can before I make my decision but if the I think I found the right school for me, I could commit early. Still I don't see myself doing that. I don't know enough about all the schools to commit early."

Okwo is rated four-starts and is ranked No. 21 nationally as a linebacker.


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