Virginia LB Obi Oluigbo

Obi Oluigbo took an official visit to Happy Valley this weekend. In 9 games this year, Obi accumulated over 130 tackles and 12 sacks. He talks about his visit.

Name: Obi Oluigbo (pronounced oh-LEE-bo)
Position: LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.62
Bench Press: 375 pounds
School: Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia

Penn State is hoping Obi Oluigbo can provide them with much needed help at the linebacker position.  Although Episcopal High had a tough year, going 3-6, Obi excelled as usual.

"I know I had more than 130 tackles and 12 sacks," Obi said.

He has drawn interest from a number of schools, including Penn State.  Obi visited State College this weekend for an official visit.

"It was great.  I had fun.  I went up with my father, my mother and my little sister.  My mom and my little sister had never been there.  They had a great time.  My mom had fun, she was impressed.  I think she just liked the nice, college atmosphere and good people.  We talked to some professors.  She liked it in general.

"She was really impressed with Joe Paterno because he talked to them.  There was a time when the parents got to meet with Joe Paterno, so they met with him while I stayed with my host.

"My host was T.C. Cosby.  I got along great with him.  He's from the same general area.  He's from Baltimore."

Obi had an opportunity to visit with most of the Nittany Lion coaching staff.

"I met with the linebacker coach, Coach Vanderlinden, my recruiting coach, Coach Johnson, the wide-receiver's coach, Coach Carter, the defensive-line coach, Coach Kenney and Coach Ganter."

Has Penn State offered Obi a scholarship?

"Yeah, but I haven't gotten it on paper yet.  They said something about giving it to me in January.  I'm not really worried about it.  I doubt they would've showed this much interest [if they weren't going to offer]."

Obi has yet to receive a written scholarship offer, but several schools are seriously interested in the talented linebacker.

"They're waiting for me to go on official visits.  The only other schools I've been to are Virginia Tech and Maryland for unofficial visits.  Michigan still wants me to come up for an official.  I have to set that up probably this week.  Pitt and Maryland also want me to take official visits there.  I'm not sure about the fifth visit.  I still have a lot of other schools."

Penn State is one of the teams recruiting Obi the hardest.

"I would say it's probably a tie between Maryland and Penn State, because I talk to the coaches from each of those schools about the same."

Most, if not all, of Obi's prospective schools are recruiting him as an inside linebacker.

Obi had already been to Penn State twice this year, once for a summer camp, and again for the Michigan game.

"I'm interested, but I don't really have a favorite because I haven't compared it to any other schools just yet.  I like it a lot.  If I didn't like it, I wouldn't have taken a visit there."

What does Obi like about Penn State?

"It's a great school.  I don't know a lot of players, but a lot of players are from the area, so there should be some good camaraderie there.  They have a lot of young players that are good, so I know it's going to be a different season starting next year."

The opportunity for early playing time is also very appealing to Obi.

"They said the opportunity is there.  There are a lot of young linebackers, but there are only going to be around 2 juniors, because 3 linebackers are graduating."

Obi's interest level in Penn State is "high".

What would he rate the visit on a scale of 1 to 10?

"I'd give it an 8," he said.


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