Odighizuwa Taking His Time

Apr. 3 -- Three-star defensive end Osa Odighizuwa is putting recruiting on the back burner for a while...

Three-star defensive end Osa Odighizuwa sounds a lot like his brother Owamagbe Odighizuwa when you speak to him. He has the same cadences, same measured way of speaking, and same focus on academics. Where many 2016 prospects are spending the spring taking unofficial visits or going to every camp imaginable, Odighizuwa is spending the spring studying for the SAT.

"I want as much time to study as possible," Odighizuwa said. "I'm probably not going to take visits or go to camps until I take the SAT in June. So, if I want to decide at some point, it'll be after I take the test."

Odighizuwa currently has three offers, with a little bit of interest from a couple of Pac-12 schools in addition to those three offers.

"I've gotten an offer from Oregon State, Boise State, and UCLA," Odighizuwa said. "Those are the ones that I've really been talking to. I've talked to Washington, but not recently. And I've gotten some mail from USC."

UCLA, obviously, has a real connection with Osa thanks to his brother recently graduating from the school. He said he isn't getting any undue pressure from his brother to commit, though.

"He's fine with whatever," Osa Odighizuwa said. "He'd be happy with me going to UCLA, since he's an alumni and everything, but he's behind me wherever I go. He thinks it would be smart for me to go to UCLA, though, because he'd be living out there a lot of the time and we could work out in the offseason and things like that. And networking would be a heck of a lot easier."

The UCLA coaching staff has been in touch with Odighizuwa quite a bit.

"I'm mostly talking to Coach Angus McClure," Odighizuwa said. "We've just been talking about the school, the education, and the football team. They're recruiting me as a tackle, I believe. I'm trying to get a hold of Coach Mora because it'd be good to talk to him as well."

Schools are recruiting Odighizuwa as both an end and a tackle. He's 6'3 and 250 pounds now, which puts him in that middle ground between the two positions as a rising high school senior.

"Oregon State said I could be more of an end kind of guy, like a five-technique," Odighizuwa said. "That's if I started school like right now, but I think I'm going to gain more weight and I could end up inside."

As for his brother, Osa is taking inspiration from Owamagbe's current preparation for the NFL Draft.

"It's awesome," Osa said of his brother's rising stock. "It's really cool. I'm really proud of my brother. So is the whole community. I go to the same high school he went to, and all the teachers come up to me and tell me how proud they are of him. I feel like he paved the way for all of us that came after him."

Odighizuwa reports a 3.4 GPA.

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