UCLA Tries to Steal One from OK

The 6-0, 190-pound running back Mossis Madu lives a stone's throw from Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium, but UCLA's recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy is trying to snatch him out from under the Sooners. Next week could prove critical in Madu's recruitment...

Growing up in the shadows of Oklahoma's Memorial Stadium, Norman (Okla.) running back Mossis Madu (6-0, 190) had a natural affinity for the Sooners.

So it was natural to expect Madu to be excited when he received a scholarship offer from the Oklahoma staff.

"Everyone wants me to go there, and it would be real hard to not go there, but I need to go where I'm most comfortable at and I have two good options," said Madu.

The other option for Madu, as it stands now, is UCLA.

"I talked with (UCLA) Coach (Eric) Bieniemy and he wants me to take my official trip for their last home game against Arizona State," said Madu. "My brother lives in Bakersfield so I've been to California, but I've never been to UCLA or the Rose Bowl. I'm hoping to get out there next week so we're just trying to set that up."

The Bruins and the Sooners are Madu's lone two offers, but four other schools have shown heavy interest in Madu.

"TCU, Nebraska, Central Florida and Oklahoma State are all calling me a lot and said they could be offering soon," said Madu.

But for now, Madu said that UCLA and Oklahoma are really his main two schools. "Coach Gundy and Coach Long are recruiting me for Oklahoma and I really like the staff there. Coach (Eric) Bieniemy is recruiting me for UCLA and he's a good coach," said Madu.

Madu said that Oklahoma would likely get an official visit in the next month, but would like to get his decision done. "I'm hoping to have my decision made before Christmas, but maybe after Thanksgiving," said Madu. "I want to make it soon and get it off my shoulders. But I do want to take some officials while I still can, so I may trip to some other schools. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I'm trying to enjoy it."

On the year Madu has rushed for 1,150 yards and 20 touchdowns. Through the air, he has 16 receptions for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Tigers, who are 9-1 and set for the State Playoffs. "We're playing really good ball and clicking as a team at the right time," said Madu.

Madu is in good shape academically, holding a 3.4 GPA and scoring a 19 on the ACT.

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