Ohaeri Surprised by Attention

Glenn Ohaeri, the running back from San Bernardino who was discovered mostly last spring and summer, is now considered one of the best in the west, and college coaches are overloading his telephone line...

Saturday, September 1st, was the first day that college coaches could call recruits, and Glenn Ohaeri, RB, 5-9, 195, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas, was a little taken aback by how many phone calls he received.

"I was at practice, but my parents told me they started calling about seven in the morning," Ohaeri said. He said that his parents fielded phone calls from a couple of dozen colleges.

Ohaeri then returned from practice, after the onslaught of calls, and then left to attend the USC/San Jose State game, missing every call that morning. "It's kind of too bad that I got all those calls and I actually didn't talk to anyone."

Even without actually speaking to any coaches Saturday, it's pretty clear to Ohaeri that he's wanted by the likes of Cal, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Duke, Boston College and Stanford. At this point, Ohaeri said he has no favorites, but those are the primary schools he's considering.

After going to the USC game last Saturday, Ohaeri said he'll probably go to the USC/Kansas State game this weekend. "I like USC, but I'm going to their game a lot just because it's either them or UCLA. Those are the only two teams that are close enough for me to go to their games. And UCLA hasn't played at home."

He said he plans on attending a few UCLA games this year, specifically when the Bruins play Cal. "My cousin is walk-on running back, Obi Amajoyi. So I'll go for sure when they play Cal."

Besides USC, Ohaeri has also unofficially visited Cal and Stanford. He was at Stanford for the Nike Camp last spring.

He said he doesn't have a favorite at this point, but each of his parents do. "My dad likes Cal and my mom likes Stanford. I haven't been offered by Stanford because I haven't filled out the application yet. That's a pretty big application."

Ohaeri, who said he recently ran in the 4.4 range for the 40 (he ran a 4.59 at the Nike Camp) said he'll more than likely wait until after the season, probably around January, before he commits. "I want to stay focused on my senior year. Recruiting tends to interfere, and I don't want it to interfere with my season, my team and my teammates. I just want to stay focused."

He said he was still unsure as to which schools he'd visit officially, but know what's he looking for in a school. "I'm mostly looking for the people and the atmosphere," Ohaeri said. "I want it to be a good, well-rounded experience." Whether it's close to home or far away doesn't seem to matter to Ohaeri, or seemingly his parents. "I've never been out of state so I have no idea what it would be like. So, right now, thinking about going away doesn't really have any kind of impact on me. My parents, I haven't talked to them about that, but I don't think it really matters."

Ohaeri said he has a 3.8 GPA and will take the SAT in October.

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