Defensive End Could Commit

UCLA has gone back to the San Gabriel Valley to recruit a skilled pass-rushing defensive end, who recently received an offer from the Bruins, his lifelong favorite...

Just two years ago, UCLA went into the San Gabriel Valley to snag its top defensive end, when they signed Brigham Harwell from Hacienda Heights (Calif.) Los Altos. The Bruins are back there this time trying to get West Covina (Calif.) South Hills defensive end Tobi Umodu (6-1, 225).

With 34 sacks the past two seasons, Umodu has taken over the title of best pass-rusher in the San Gabriel Valley from Harwell, and could very well follow Harwell to Westwood.

"UCLA offered me. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy told me he wants me to come out and watch them practice, so I'm going on Saturday to practice and I'll talk with them. UCLA was my favorite school growing up and I could commit there soon, or I may take a little time. But I want to talk with them some and get a good idea of the situation before I commit for sure."

The offer from UCLA is his first one, but he's also hearing from Oregon and Colorado State heavily. Still, the Bruins are the ones he had been hoping for one from.

"I'm looking at some different schools, but I'm pretty sure I want to stay close to home, and my family wants me to stay around here."

Umodu will be in attendance at UCLA's Junior Day next weekend as well.

Blessed with good speed, Umodu has been clocked at a 4.6 forty and after being invited to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles this Spring, says he's trying to get to the 4.5 mark.

"I'm looking forward to the Nike Camp to show what I can do."

Playing at 225, Umodu said he would like to get up to the 240 range by the time he graduates.

This past year, Umodu had his second straight 17-sack season, totaling 79 tackles on the year, forcing 2 fumbles and recovering one, and intercepting a pass.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and got a "good score" on his PSAT. He will take his SAT later this Spring.


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