Commitment Analysis: Osa Odighizuwa

May 7 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in the Portland (Ore.) David Douglas three-star defensive lineman, Osa Odighizuwa...

Profile: Osa Odighizuwa
Position: Defensive Tackle
Location: Portland (Ore.) David Douglas
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 255 pounds

Ranking: Ranked as a three-star and No. 37 defensive tackle nationally in 2016 by Scout.

Recruiting: Chose UCLA over Boise State and Oregon State.

The Scouting Report: Odighizuwa plays on the offensive and defensive line for Douglas and flashes nicely as an offensive lineman but he'll play defensive line for the Bruins. Right now, he's built more like a defensive end but likely will grow into a tackle after a redshirt year and some time in the UCLA strength program. Strength isn't an issue for him, and while he doesn't look like his big brother at the same stage, he has similar strength. He's a two-time state and national champion wrestler and is one of the top prep wrestlers in the country, but he'll play football at the next level and while he's still got some developing to do, should be a player by his third year in the program who can contribute and be a part of the rotation.

Overall Analysis: UCLA obviously had a big advantage with Odighizuwa, with his older brother, Owa, having spent the past five years playing for the Bruins before being drafted last week by the New York Giants. Odighizuwa was in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, where we saw him in person for the first time, and watched UCLA play in the Alamo Bowl that night, in his brother's final game. A week later, Odighizuwa had his first offer from UCLA, with defensive line coach Angus McClure, who spent the past three seasons coaching Owa on the defensive line, extending the offer and recruiting Odighizuwa. Boise State and Oregon State both offered, but almost from the get-go, Odighizuwa was all UCLA and it was a matter of when, not if, he'd commit. He's the No. 3 player in Oregon, in what's a surprisingly good class for the state. While he may need a year or two to develop, he's a good athlete with a lot of tools to be a contributor. And with a similar work ethic to Owa, that will help him develop quicker. In all, its a good pickup -- UCLA needs defensive lineman and while they're doing well with a couple of other Western targets from California, getting the bird in hand allows them to focus on the Boss Tagaloa/Oluwole Betiku targets.


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