Virginia LB Has PSU High on List

Penn State needs linebackers That's obvious. Another thing that is becoming increasingly obvious is that 6'2", 230-pound LB Obi Oluigbo (pronounced oh-LEE-bo) from Episcopal High in Alexandria, Virginia can play the linebacker position, and play it well.

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Last season, the powerful athlete, who benches 375 pounds, totaled 85 tackles including 17 for a loss, 12 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception.  He accomplished all of that in 8 games, as he missed the last game with a broken finger.  He also plays FB on offense "about a series per quarter".  Although most schools are recruiting him as a LB, several schools, including Penn State, are envisioning him as a possible FB as well as a LB.  Obi prefers playing LB, but will play "whatever gets me on the field quicker."

Obi is off to a terrific start this year.  In his first game, he had 15 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 3 quarters of play.  He followed that up by recording 17 tackles (3 on special teams), 6 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, a forced fumble and about 5 QB hurries in his second game.

Obi's team is 0-2 so far.  According to Obi, his team narrowly lost to both McDonough, who is the #7 team in the state of Maryland, and Bullis Prep, the #13 team in the state of Maryland.

Besides Penn State, who is recruiting Obi the hardest, other teams mentioned by the young LB as recruiting him are Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Rutgers and Syracuse.

In addition to attending camp at Penn State this summer, he also attended summer camps at Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Obi is not opposed to redshirting, but would definitely like to get on the field by his second year.  Playing time and the overall atmosphere at the school will play a large role in helping Obi decide which college to attend.

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