Texas Camp Preview: Brian Orakpo

Immediately after his eye-popping Nike Camp demonstration in early March, Houston Lamar DE <B>Brian Orakpo</B> was receiving moderate interest. Just a couple of weeks later, the kid's stock is beginning to blow up.

"Houston, Missouri, A&M, Iowa State, Colorado and UCLA have offered already," said the 6-3/6-3.5 pass-rusher deluxe. "Texas and Oklahoma have told me they'll offer when I make it to one of their camps."

Orakpo is obviously good enough to have already garnered 'ship offers from several top programs seeking a pass rusher (with several more offers sure to follow). And this particular 215/220-pound defender also brings the wheels to play any of the linebacking positions, so his versatility should make him even more attractive.

This kid is being recruited at both OLB and DE because conventional wisdom suggests he fits either position. We still project Orakpo as a DE first, but have since added an "/OLB" after the DE designation for his projected college position.

"Every school recruiting me is saying they want me at both," Orakpo said.

According to Orakpo, A&M wanted to meet him in-person before offering. Of course, he made one of the Ags' junior days, so the face-to-face visit was accomplished, and an offer extended. Mack Brown and Bob Stoops often require similar meetings before extending an offer and the Horns will get that face-to-face time with the Houston Lamar DE when he attends an upcoming Texas football camp.

UT running backs/special teams coach Mike Haywood is recruiting the Lamar bluechipper for the Horns and Orakpo is really fond of him, which is a plus for the Burnt Orange.

On the other side of the ledger, Orakpo and another highly-regarded DE prospect McCollins Umeh, who have both made their infatuation with UT known time and again, are playing the offer waiting game while Galena Park's Trumaine Johnson -- who lists four other teams on the same footing with the Horns -- already has a 'ship offer in-hand. (Other DEs looking to garner offers from UT after their Austin camp appearance are Pearland's Cyril Obiozor and Colleyville Heritages' Alan Davis.)

Of course, the 'ship situation for any of these DE prospects could change starting this weekend with the June 1 mini-camp, the first of two weeks worth of football camps on the Forty Acres.

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