Ifeadi Odenigbo talks Cal, Stanford, Part 1

Ohio linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo took his long discussed trip to the Bay Area early last week, visiting Cal and Stanford. Odenigbo stopped in Berkley on Sunday (Father's Day, June 19) before seeing Stanford June 20 and 21. The four star recruit was blown away by his time in the Bay Area. Here, he discusses his Cal visit.

"I loved it," Ifeadi Odenigbo said. "I absolutely loved it. Those schools are elite, my top five. At first I wasn't sure about it, but the environment, everybody's so friendly out there. In Ohio they have a harsher winter, Northern California doesn't really get winters; it doesn't really snow. Then, it's even hotter because of humidity. Northern California was a perfect temperature. There wasn't any humidity, so that's what made it awesome. Then the people there, Northern Californians are just very nice people."

Originally, the intent of Odenigbo's California trip was to visit Stanford – and only Stanford. However, a recent offer from California caused the four-star recruit to visit both Bay Area rivals.

"I didn't know what to expect from Cal honestly, because they kind of got into recruiting me late," Odenigbo said. "They were one of my later offers, so I didn't know what to expect. When I made my trip to California, it was really for Stanford. Then Cal-Berkley offered later, so it was like okay, I can visit Cal."

Odenigbo had high praise for his time in the Berkley.

"When I got there, I met with all of the coaches and they were just some great, awesome people," Odenigbo said. "I love the whole coaching staff. The one thing I learned is that Cal-Berkley has the No. 1 computer science, and that was one of my majors, that's what I want to major in college, computer science, so that's a phenomenal computer science school."

Later, while on a tour of the campus, Odenigbo got to see the ongoing construction of Cal's new athletic facilities.

"Then we went out to the construction, and I didn't know the construction was all football," Odenigbo said. "I was just surprised. They invested $315 million into that stadium and more, because that was only the stadium.

"I was joking around with some of the kids there on the visit because they have a 100-yard wide weight room [in the newly constructed football facility], which is the length of a football field. You're going in and the whole facility, it might be the best facility I've ever seen. It's up there with Ohio State, and Ohio State is known for their facilities. And I got to see the whole campus and everything. I expected to see a lot of hippies there, because that's what everyone tells you about Berkley. I didn't really see that many. That's a good thing, too (laughs.)"


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