Igbinoba Still An Option

Richardson RB Kendrick Igbinoba talks about his SMU interest and more!

Lately, all has been quiet on the 2014 football recruiting front.

The Mustangs' class is pretty much full although they could still add a big, physical wide out, a nose tackle or a running back. When it comes to the latter, Richardson's Kendrick Igbinoba appears to be at the top of the list.

A local prospect, Igbinoba has already made a few visits to SMU and is being recruited by both offensive line coach Wes Suan and quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison, who watched him practice in the spring. While an offer has yet to be extended, Igbinoba remains hopeful.

"They sent me a letter not too long ago inviting me up to one of their home games. I have to talk to my dad and see if we can make it for one," Igbinoba said. "I haven't talked to Coach Suan or Coach Morrison in a while so I'm not exactly sure where I stand. I just know they want me to to come to a game."

Igbinoba, who holds offers from Oregon State, New Mexico and UTEP and was recently visited by Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, says an SMU offer would certainly pique his interest.

"It would be a good school to go. Right now, I'm still interested in them," he said. "I really liked it when I visited in the spring, and I feel like a degree from there would go a long way. I could get a great job after graduation. I guess we'll see if they offer or not."

But the SMU staff better hurry if they do want to add Igbinoba to the class.

The two-star prospect plans on making his decision soon and is leaning towards a verbal pledge to Oregon State. Igbinoba will make his official visit there on October 25.

"Oregon State is my favorite right now. I think I'll probably end up there if I don't get more offers," Igbinoba said. "It's in the Pac-12 so the competition is great, and the coaching staff has been showing me a lot of love. I just need to see it in person."

At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds with 4.5 speed, Igbinoba is one of the most versatile backs in the Dallas-area. But he hasn't put up the numbers he thought he would heading into his senior year.

Through four games, he's rushed for 223 yards and just one touchdowns. And his team has suffered. Richardson is currently 1-3 and coming off a 28-12 loss to Richardson Pearce. But Igbinoba is determined to get back on track.

"Honestly, we're really struggling right now. I need to step it up and get back to business. It's important for me to get going because we lost Noah King to a torn ACL," he said. "We have a game against Sunset this week so I feel we can bounce back. I just need to stop thinking about recruiting and other stuff and play my game."

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