It was a rough night for Serra Saturday night as Corona (Calif.) Centennial took it to them to the tune of 52-13. Despite the lopsided score, Oluwole Betiku still flashed his tremendous upside taking on double and even triple teams at times and finished the night with two quarterback sacks and multiuple tackles near the line of scrimmage.
Betiku committed to UCLA a month ago and said he didn't want to take any visits to any other schools. The lineman said the recruiting process was very stressful and taking visits would only add to it. We caught up with the big rush end after his game and he explained why he had the change of heart.
"I never had a chance to see some of these schools that have offered me," Betiku said. "I was talking with some of my teammates and coaches and they all said taking these visits is an incredible experience that you only get to take advantage of once in your life. It's like a reward for all the hard work you put in so I decided I owed it to myself to go and see what is out there."
Betiku said his commitment to UCLA remains solid and it will take a lot to get him to sign anywhere else.
"It's all going to come down to scheme," Betiku said. "I can come off the edge and use my speed. Tonight I played mostly inside, taking on double teams and I see myself as an edge guy. I just want to make sure I fit in but right now, my commitment is strong. UCLA likes me as an outside guy but I still want to watch the tapes and make sure this is what's best for me.
"I don't want to make a mistake here. I've come a long way and I like what they're telling me and if everything stays how it is now, I'll definitely be a Bruin but like I said, I just want to make sure everything is a right fit for me and I'm going to stay in constant communication throughout the season.
Betiku said he's still on track to graduate early and will be able to enroll in time for spring ball.