News That Changes Things

The 5-11, 180-pound cornerback prospect, Osahon Irabor from Upland, Calif., was all set to announce his decision this week, but then he received some "exciting" and "shocked" news that set back his announcement...

Upland (Calif.) cornerback Osahan Irabor (5-11, 180) was all set to make his college announcement by the middle of this week, but an 11th-hour scholarship offer by one of the local schools has changed everything.

"Last night, Osahon received his 15th offer, from UCLA," said Upland recruiting coordinator Mike Esquivel. "That makes it his seventh Pac-10 Offer overall. (With Marlon) Pollard and (Byron) Moore recently committing elsewhere, Osahon was the best left cornerback on UCLA's board that is currently uncommitted."

Irabor was close to receiving a UCLA offer earlier in the spring, but with four commitments from defensive backs, the Bruin staff held off. Last weekend, he whittled down his list to Arizona State, Arizona and Nebraska. But the UCLA offer has him rethinking things.

"The next few days will be tough for me, and I'm going to research and think this through completely," said Irabor. "It will be hard to sleep in the next 48 hours."

Esquivel said, "He has always loved UCLA early on in his recruitment, so how can he not explore UCLA a little bit more now that they have come into the picture full swing?"

Irabor was thrilled to receive an offer from the Bruins, the offer coming as a surprise. He said: "When I first checked my cell phone after the passing league game, I got a voicemail and text message from Coach Esquivel telling me to call him right away that it was extremely important. I was shocked on the news about the offer and very excited. Back in April I visited UCLA on their Junior Day and watched a couple of practices. I liked what I saw and how aggressive Coach (DeWayne) Walker's defense was. I know what they are all about and the atmosphere there was awesome. I called Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach Walker last night and had a great long chat with both of them. I have great respect for both of them. They were upfront with me and honest on their latest recruitment about me."

Irabor had targeted this week to announce his decision, but will now take a few more days. He is scheduled to announce his college of choice early Friday morning.

"I was ready to make an announcement the following day but I am going to hold on for a few days to consider UCLA's offer and really sit down with my family and think this completely through," said Irabor. "I was totally caught by surprise and to have a chance to play in the Rose Bowl would be something special."

The offer from the Bruins joins a long list of offers for Irabor which also includes the other three schools he's considering as finalists as well as Boise State, California, Fresno State, Washington, Colorado State, Northwestern, Oregon State, Oregon, San Diego State and Wyoming.

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.


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