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Oluwole Betiku Decommits from UCLA

Oct. 23 -- The five-star defensive end prospect, Oluwole Betiku, has decided to open up his recruitment, decommitting from UCLA Friday...

p>Cavalier defensive end Oluwole Betiku, the No. 8 player in the country, committted to UCLA over the summer in what was a huge coup for the Bruins.

UCLA has always struggled to land players from the talent rich Serra progam and Betiku was a legitimate five-star talent at a huge position of need. Upon committing, Betiku said he didn't plan to take any of his official visits but had a change of heart a few weeks later and said he did want to see what else was out there and would go through the process.

He visited Florida State two weeks ago and was at Texas A&M this past weekend and was blown away at both colleges. Betiku actually told us on Tuesday that he was very close to de-committing but would likely wait until his season was over before doing so. 

"I don't want to be a distraction to my team but I'm planning to de-commit very shortly," Betiku told us Tuesday night. I like UCLA and the coaches a lot but as I've said before, the scheme and how I'll fit in with the defense is so important to me and I just feel at A&M and Florida State, it fits my style of play much better.

"Both schools run a 4-3 and like their defensive ends to get up the field and get after the quarterback. They really feature the pass rushers in their defense and have had a lot of success getting defensive ends in to the League (NFL). UCLA does a great job with linebackers and interior lineman but their best pass rushers have been outside linebackers and that's not me. I have to think about my future and do what is best for me and right now, I think those other programs are better options for me."

Betiku is also planning to visit Notre Dame and Florida and LSU could get a trip as well. Right now, the Noles and Aggies have to be considered the teams to beat and Betiku is on track to graduate early although he said if he's not sure about his decision, he'll hold off and wait until February to sign. 

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