2009 DB Prospect Osahon Irabor

The Pac-10 looks like it's targeting the 5-11, 180-pound defensive back prospect from Upland, Calif., Osahon Irabor, since he now has three scholarship offers from schools in the conference, and possibly another on the way...

Upland (Calif.) cornerback Osahon Irabor (5-11, 180) gets plenty of work in practice going up against one of the top quarterbacks in the country, teammate Josh Nunes.

Irabor is also showing that he can do work against other quarterbacks and receivers, which has caught the eye of a handful of schools.

"Arizona State offered me earlier in the week and California offered me on Friday afternoon," said Irabor. "Arizona had offered me a while back. I'm very excited and I'm honored to get these offers from Pac-10 schools and just be rewarded for all of my hard work."

Irabor may not be done getting offers from the Pac-10.

"I think UCLA could offer me pretty soon," said Irabor. "They want to convert me to safety and I used to play that so that is fine by me. I was at their practice on Saturday and I thought it was pretty intense. They're heading in the right direction with Coach (DeWayne) Walker and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. They're pretty up-front, straight-up coaches. They seem like good coaches and everything they say the players take that to heart."

Irabor said he was very impressed with the whole experience at UCLA's practice: "The campus is beautiful and the energy level at UCLA is great. I like the defenseive intensity out here. It made me want to put pads on and go practice with them. I like Coach Walker's defensive scheme. When I met Coach Neuheisel for the first time , there was one big thing that stood out in mind. Before I had a chance to introduce myself he said ‘There he is, number 18, how are you?' He didn't look at my name tag at all when he said that. At that point, that showed me they really liked me and how I stood out to Coach Neuheisel. He meets probably hundreds of recruits a month and by calling me by my jersey number, it told me that I stood out in his mind."

Irabor also is planning to be back at UCLA next weekend for Junior Day.

Despite spending his childhood in Southern California, it was a Pac-10 school outside of the Golden State that Irabor grew up watching. "I actually had Arizona State as my favorite school growing up. I never lived there but there was always a lot of buzz about them," said Irabor. "I'm going to look at them very closely."

Wherever Irabor chooses, it won't be anytime soon. "I want to take some time and take some visits," said Irabor. "This is a chance for me to see all the schools that I want to consider so I'm not going to rush it."

Irabor said he's got a checklist of things he'll look at when making his choice on a college. "I'm going to look at the academics first," said Irabor. "Then the campus lifestyle and the program tradition."

Distance is also not a factor for him. "My family is ok with me going across the country," said Irabor. "There is a part of me that wants to stay close to home and another part of me that wants to go across the country and play."

Academically, Irabor said his GPA is over a 3.0 and he's scheduled to take the SAT in May and the ACT in June.

During his junior year, Irabor had 49 tackles, three interceptions, two blocked punts and a safety, and added 16 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Next weekend he'll be at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles and he'll be at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine next month.


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