No. 3 Oluwole Betiku, 19 For 2019

Jul. 21 -- In this Scout special, Gardena, Calif. five-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku checks in at No. 3 in the 19 For 2019 NFL Draft Prospects From The Opening. This was based soley on the performances of the 2016 recruits that participated in The Opening 2015...


No. 1 Rashan Gary
No. 2 Jacob Eason
No. 4 Greg Little
No. 5 Shea Patterson
No. 6 Ed Oliver
No. 7 Kyle Davis
No. 8 Levonta Taylor
No. 9 E.J. Price
No. 10 Feleipe Franks
No. 11 Stephen Sullivan
No. 12 Ben Davis
No. 13 Brandon Jones
No. 14 Baveon Johnson
No. 15 Isaac Nauta
No. 16 Kristian Fulton
No. 17 Mique Juarez
No. 18 Kendell Jones
No. 19 A.J. Brown


With the help of my colleagues we put together a top 19 NFL Draft prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft based soley on the performances of the 2016 recruits that participated in The Opening, which ended 10 days ago. The criteria was simple, it’s based on the long term upside of each prospect in relation to how they performed among their peers in Oregon. Some elite recruits like Nick Bosa and Shavar Manuel were missing action and didn’t participate. The 2017 players there do not count because they wouldn’t be draft eligible until 2020. So make sure you check out this extensive look ahead at some of the best players in this current class.

Over the course of today I will release all 19, one by one, every 30 minutes.


3) Oluwole Betiku (DE) Gardena, Calif.


What I love about recruiting is the stories and each recruit has one. Oluwole Betiku has played football for one season, last year. He moved to the states from Nigeria early in 2014 and is mentored by former Penn State great LaVarr Arrington. He started out at Bishop McNamara high school in Maryland. It was there Betiku was introduced to the game. About a year ago, Arrington moved to Los Angeles and Betiku now attends powerhouse Serra. How much talent does this defensive end have? After only one season of football he’s a five-star with unbelievable upside. We saw this same thing happen last year with Abdul Bello (FSU) and a few others.

Why No. 3?: Betiku measured in at The Opening at 6-foot-4, 239-pounds. He ran a great forty at 4.57. That’s smoking. Just as impressive was his 4.26 shuttle and 33.6-inch vertical jump. To put that shuttle time in perspective that was faster than five-star wide receiver Nate Craig (4.49) and four-star wide receivers Trevon Sydney (4.39), and Theo Howard (4.37), and five-star cornerback Saivion Smith (4.41). The point here is that Betiku is a long, strong and natural athlete who is just scratching the surface of his elite talent.

Looking ahead: I will be real interested to watch the development of Betiku this fall. He has already come such a long way and is currently the No. 3 ranked defensive end in this class. He has all the tools to develop into an elite pass rusher at the next level. After all, the NFL is all about the quarterback and getting after the quarterback. Betiku is a blank slate with no bad habits because he has no habits because he’s so new to the game. With proper coaching, off-season training and lifting and just pure hard work, he should evolve into something special once he gets to the next level. The NFL is all about finding speed rushers who can disrupt an offense and attack the quarterback and that’s Betiku.

Recruiting: UCLA is the team to beat for Betiku at this time, though Penn State is certainly in the mix. He told Scout last week that he would also like to visit Oregon, Notre Dame, Florida State and Florida.


No. 1 Rashan Gary
No. 2 Jacob Eason
No. 4 Greg Little
No. 5 Shea Patterson
No. 6 Ed Oliver
No. 7 Kyle Davis
No. 8 Levonta Taylor
No. 9 E.J. Price
No. 10 Feleipe Franks
No. 11 Stephen Sullivan
No. 12 Ben Davis
No. 13 Brandon Jones
No. 14 Baveon Johnson
No. 15 Isaac Nauta
No. 16 Kristian Fulton
No. 17 Mique Juarez
No. 18 Kendell Jones
No. 19 A.J. Brown


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