Phoenix St. Mary’s (Ariz.) defensive end Odua Isibor is one of the most battle-tested players in the state. The multi-year starter on both sides of the ball saw plenty of snaps and had 113 tackles on the year with 13 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. He partially credits his big defensive numbers from being the one of the team’s offensive tackles as well.
“Playing offense gave me more of an insight on what the line is thinking and how they want to block me,” Isibor said. “I guess I could see from their perspective what the defense is doing and take advantage of that. I think it does give me somewhat of an advantage because I can implement that into my game as I go further into college.”
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Army All-American has a mix of prominent football programs and Ivy League-level educations in his top schools with Arizona State, Texas A&M, UCLA and Yale.
Part of what he is looking for is a team to buy in to the efforts on the field, something he said can be inconsistent at the prep level.
“I know I'm going to try my best as much as possible,” Isibor said. “I need a team that's going to push with me, and I'm sure kids aren't just going to college just to go to college, these guys have aspirations to be the best and aspirations to go to the next level. I do want a school that goes the extra mile.”
The 3-star prospect is a constant student of the game. He said he saw improvement in his run-stopping abilities his senior year, but still has a ways to go to tap his full potential.
“I still have a lot to learn because really I’ve only been playing real varsity football for two years. There is still a lot that I have to do to get better at football.”
Isibor has also spent the season trying to get his SAT up in hopes that an offer from Stanford could come. The mixture of academics while playing in the Pac-12 makes the Cardinal a program he has always been attracted to.
“Stanford is the school that offers both of those world so that I can imagine,” Isibor said.
“What more could I ask for?”
Isibor is scheduled to visit UCLA on January 13th, ASU on January 20th and Texas A&M on January 27th.
You can see him play in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on January 7th.