Okwo Down to Two

<b>Michael Okwo</b>, the linebacker from Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa, took his official visit to Stanford this past weekend and although there were some things about the trip he liked, he added that there were other things about the visit that has him wondering if the Farm is the place for him....

"I liked the players on the team and the recruits on the visit were all real cool too," Michael Okwo, 5-11, 205,  said. "The campus is real nice and I could have driven around on those golf carts all day.

"The football facilities are real nice and I liked the weight room a lot. The basketball game was cool and the academic presentations they put were pretty impressive. Overall, it was a good trip but to be honest, it wasn't totally what I expected.

"I can't really put it into words but I'm just not sure if Stanford is the right fit for me. I wasn't really that comfortable there, it's tough to explain but I don't know if the whole environment is what I'm looking for. I just think maybe Stanford isn't for everyone, it's a great school for sure, but I'm just not sure if socially, it's a place where I'm going to be comfortable at for five years."

Okwo said the only other school he's looking at Wesley Walker (UCLA) also narrowed their choices down to the Cardinal and Bruins before making their choices.

Another similarity that will remind many of Craven's recruitment is Okwo's father is a big, big Stanford fan and is pushing hard for the Cardinal.

"If I didn't chose Stanford, I think he would be pretty upset," Okwo said. "I'm not sure he would understand, Stanford is the only school he wants to talk about. Hopefully he'll understand that I have to do what's best for me. This has to be my decision and I'm the one that has to live with it.

"Right now the two schools are basically even. I want to take an unofficial trip to UCLA this weekend but I haven't talked about that with UCLA yet. I'm going snow boarding for part of the weekend or else I would make it an official visit. I'm just looking for the best fit for me right now. That's what it's going to come down to. Both are great schools and offer a lot athletically and academically. I just want to go where I feel the most comfortable and where I think I will fit in the best."

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