Shittu Achieving His Goals

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony's Aziz Shittu, the #7-ranked defensive tackle in the nation for 2012, talks about the latest in his recruitment and a big honor he recently received...

Atwater (Calif.) Buhach Colony defensive tackle Aziz Shittu (6-3, 275) had a lifelong dream get answered this week.

"I accepted an invitation to the U.S. Army Bowl," said Shittu. "It's definitely a dream come true."

That was just one event in a week to remember for Shittu, who also was named DL MVP at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and took unofficial visits to USC and UCLA, the trip to Troy landing him an offer.

"That was big because that was one I was waiting for," said Shittu. "Coach (Ed) Orgeron told me it was coming and then on Monday, Coach (Lane) Kiffin offered. I loved the school and the campus. USC is definitely going to be one of my final eight."

Also likely to make the cut is UCLA, where Shittu visited last Saturday, taking in a Bruins' spring practice.

"I loved it at UCLA," said Shittu. "The campus was nice and I think they're the next time in my final eight."

Shittu said he spent time with head coach Rick Neuheisel and defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield while there as well as special teams coach Angus McClure.

"Stanford and USC and probably UCLA are three I know will be in my final eight," said Shittu. "I'll figure out the other schools later."

Shittu also was offered by Utah and Vanderbilt in the last week, and said he's still waiting on a couple of Pac-12 schools to extend offers.

"Oregon and Cal still haven't offered," said Shittu. "Oregon said they want to do it face to face. Notre Dame could be offering too but they're kind of lagging."

Shittu said he'll likely take in a few more unofficial visits in the spring and will likely be at the Stanford Nike Camp next month.

A member of the Scout Top 50, Shittu said he's even surprised by the recruiting attention he's gotten.

"I've always know I could play, but I never knew to these levels," said Shittu.

Academically, he has a 3.8 and took the SAT earlier this spring.

As a junior, he had 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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