The St. Mary's defensive end racked up close to 20 tackles in his senior debut.

Could he be in the cards for the Cardinal?

I had the chance to see 2017 St. Mary’s (Ariz.) defensive end Odua Isibor on Friday night. He holds offers from Oregon, Texas A&M, USC, Arizona and Arizona State. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound pass rusher has also been a target of Stanford and Oregon State.

What I saw:

St. Mary’s only has about 25 players in their varsity program, so they had multiple players play both ways, including Isibor. Isibor played defensive end and offensive tackle and took only a handful of plays off. He actually got better as the game went on. By my rough estimate, he had nearly 20 tackles in the game and was a resident in the opponents backfield. He said his speed is a strength of his, and he used that to get around and through his opponent. He also has had a drive to get better over the past few years and that has helped his recruitment pick up in the past calendar year. 

Isibor attended a camp this summer on the Stanford campus. While he plays defensive end, he said Lance Anderson has talked to him about moving to the outside linebacker position.

We spoke after a tough 20-12 loss to Tucson Salpointe Catholic.

What he likes about Stanford:

“It’s kind of the best of both worlds. They’re the most prestigious school in the country, and it would be a pleasure to go there.”

What he needs to work on:

“I have a lot to learn, that’s for sure. I can use my speed, that’s usually what helps me out, but there is just so much I need to learn. I just don’t have enough yet. I need to get better. First thing is to work on my positioning then work on my stance. I definitely need to work on my strength, I’m not strong enough. I’m not fast enough, I need to get in the weight room.”

What he looks for in a university:

"In a university, I definitely want to see a promising academic future with myself at the center. I want to be able to pursue other opportunities after I can no longer play football. As much as I love football, I'm not going to be able to play forever."

What an offer from Stanford would mean to him:

"An offer from Stanford would be a big opportunity for me. It would make choosing the right university to attend, a whole lot more difficult for me."

He said he hopes to commit in the next few months but doesn’t have a definitive timeframe.


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