Education Key in Udeogu's Rutgers Visit

Three-star defensive end Chinedu Udeogu of North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep spoke with Scout about his unofficial visit to Rutgers, and the latest regarding his college visits and upcoming decision.

Education is critical to North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep defensive end Chinedu Udeogu, so a behind-the-scenes look at Rutgers Thursday stood out.

Udeogu, who lives in Chicago but attends boarding school three hours from the Rutgers campus, spoke highly of his Thursday experience in Piscataway.

“Going into it, I liked the school but I didn’t know as much about the academic part,” he said. “I really like the system of their academics and that their team is focused on getting their degrees and doing as best as possible in school. I really like that and I like that they’re in the Big Ten.”

In addition to academics, Udeogu toured the school and football facilities. He met with coach Kyle Flood, his assistants and players during the trip. He and defensive line coach Jim Panagos connected quickly.

“I really like him.” Udeogu said. “Obviously he’s a great coach. He’s been there for four years. He’s done big things. It seems like he really cares for his players, takes care of his players, teaches them the right way. I really think he’s a good guy and a great coach.”

Udeogu discussed a decision with the coaching staff, but hopes to visit Yale, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina before an August commitment.

“I wouldn’t say they pressured me, but they definitely wanted me to make a decision,” he said. “I’m going to take maybe one or two more visits and definitely see all of my options. I told them that I would have a decision before the football season starts, so maybe first week of August at the latest.”

Udeogu spent time in both Chicago and Nigeria before he enrolled at Georgetown Prep.

“I’ve mainly lived in Nigeria, but it’s great when I’m back home in Chicago,” he said. “That’s really the Big Ten. Northwestern and Illinois are right there. It’s a great conference, and it means a lot to me to have the chance [to play in the Big Ten].”

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