Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu (6-5.5, 230) has been playing basketball all spring.
But on Sunday, Akingbulu was at The Opening Los Angeles Regional, trying to get his football legs back.
“I’m just hungry to be back out there,” said Akingbulu. “Basketball was fun, but I’m hungry to be back at football.”
Akingbulu is also hoping his hunger will help him add more weight, since he weighed in at just 230, after playing at 250+ most of the football season.
“I lost too much weight in basketball,” said Akingbulu. “I’m trying to get to 260 so I need to get back in the weight room and eat right.”
It still hasn’t deterred schools from recruiting him and most know that Akingbulu was a basketball player first before starting football last fall.
Akingbulu has eight offers and another could be close to adding to that.
“I have eight offers, from Michigan, Utah, Colorado State, San Diego State, Washington State, UCLA, Boston College and Cal,” said Akingbulu. “And I think Duke could be next. I’ve been in contact with them a lot lately.”
Akingbulu said that two schools are standing out: the first school to offer him and the local school where his sister attends.
“Michigan and UCLA I like a lot and they’re both really recruiting me a lot,” said Akingbulu. “Coach (Tim) Drevno is recruiting me at Michigan. I’m trying to figure out when I can get out there, but I want to visit Michigan soon.”
UCLA is where his older sister attends and Akingbulu plans to get there this month.
“In the next two weeks, I will be visiting UCLA unofficially,” said Akingbulu. “Coach (Adrian) Klemm and I have a great relationship. He’s a great person and great to talk to. I’m looking forward to getting up there.”
Academically, he has a 3.1 and will take the SAT this spring.