Sunny Odogwu (InsidetheU)

Miami transfer OT Sunny Odogwu Picks UCLA over Michigan

June 9 -- Former Miami offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu told Scout he chose UCLA over Michigan as a graduate transfer...

Offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu told Scout he picked UCLA over Michigan, and he will enroll at the school in late June.

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The 6-foot-8, 310-pound Odogwu will be eligible to play immediately and should bolster UCLA's offensive line. He already graduated from Miami, and is finishing up a two-year graduate program one year.

"I already made my decision and it took lots of prayers," he said. "Two things that are big for me are God and gut. God and gut. God revealed it to me. I went to church and prayed a lot about it. God put it in my heart, so I have to go with him. He's the only one that led me this far in my life, He led me from where I came from to where I am heading in life. He knows best.

"I am leaving Miami and I will be at UCLA June twenty-something."

Odogwu said the decision was very tough. especially after he made back-to-back trips to Michigan and UCLA.

He started four games for the Hurricanes last season before a season-ending knee injury. He was able to work out in the spring and said he will be ready to play for the Bruins. "I'm focused and getting ready for the season, and I cannot wait to get to UCLA," Odogwu said. "Coach (Jim) Mora, (offensive line) coach (Hank) Fraley and (assistant) coach Jedd Fisch, when I got to the airport, that was the first time I met them," Odogwu said. "We got in late so I went to the hotel and the next morning we started to talk. At the end of it, we talked football and I enjoyed it."

But, he said, the decision was not easy.

"To be honest, the first place I went to was Michigan, and then UCLA," Odogwu said. "For the whole time, both visits, it was tough. I was getting stressed and I couldn't come up with a decision. I kept asking God, 'Please show me where you want me to go? Reveal to me.' I kept praying and asking my big brothers to put me in their prayers, and also my family in Nigeria.

"They didn't know what I was praying about but I just told them to put me in their prayers because I needed to make a big decision. They are both great academic schools, and both great football programs. Both have great coaches and great fans."

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