Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Oluwole Betiku (6-4, 242), was one of the players we were most looking forward to seeing at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles.
But a wrist injury sidelined him and he’ll wait until the Oakland regional to participate.
The four-star, though, was still out watching the camp and he was there supporting a number of Serra teammates.
Betiku talked about his recruitment and said that there were a few schools standing out to him.
“UCLA, USC, Penn State and Maryland are standing out most,” said Betiku. “But then also Washington, Oklahoma, Florida State, Cal, Arizona State, they are too. I always put them in mind. When coaches hit you up, you always think about that school.”
Maryland offered Betiku last spring after the Washington D.C. NFTC and plans to get out there in the coming months.
“I’m going to visit Maryland this spring on an unofficial and will take an official visit to Maryland for sure,” said Betiku.
UCLA had Betiku on campus last week for an unofficial visit, where he met new Bruin defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who happened to be a coach for Betiku’s legal guardian, former Penn State linebacker Lavar Arrington, when he played for the Nittany Lions.
“Meeting Coach Bradley, Coach Scrap, was really good,” said Betiku. “He told me how he offered Lavar in ninth grade. He’s really honest and said what kind of coach he is. I know he wasn’t lying because I went and asked Lavar when I got home what kind of coach he was. We had a pretty good conversation. He’s real straight up with me.”
Betiku was offered by UCLA in the fall but really didn’t check out the campus fully until this week.
“The campus was beautiful and the facilities were great,” said Betiku. “I loved it.”
USC has long had a presence at Serra, with six players in the last two years becoming Trojans.
“Of course, at Serra, we know a lot about USC,” said Betiku. “Every recruitment is different, but I do like them and know them pretty well.”
Penn State has the connection with Arrington.
“He drops love for Penn State because he’s a diehard Penn State guy,” said Betiku. “Penn State fans hit him up all the time on Twitter and say ‘Wole has to go to Penn State.’ He says ‘I’m just saying, but if you went to Penn State, you could be an All-American.’ He loves Penn State.”
Betiku said that schools all like him as a defensive end and that’s what he wants to play in college.
In the meantime, he’s enjoying the recruiting process.
“You go where is best for you, wherever that is,” said Betiku. “You go where you’re going to play. I’m still trying to get to know the best place for me. I am learning what the whole process is all about and the business of it. I won’t let coaches sugarcoat it for me.”