Odighizuwa's Plan to Announce

Portland (Ore.) Douglas defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa has postponed his last official visit, and may not take it, with his announcement coming in early January at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, or "Owa" as he prefers to be called, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end from Douglass High School in Portland, Ore., took his most recent visit to Florida on Nov. 27.

"I really liked talking to coach Urban Meyer and (defensive line) coach Dan McCarney," Odighizuwa said. "I think they're cool people. They are really up front.

"The program is also real good," he said. "They are a great team every year and they always produce great players."

Odighizuwa admits that distance may be a small factor. "It might matter," he said. "But it won't be the main thing.

"It was very nice at Florida, but it's different over there," he admitted. "The SEC is different and it's just a lot more intense. The crowds are crazy."

He says he's expecting an in-home visit from the Gators staff this week, as well as a visit from the California coaches.

A week before his visit to the Swamp, Odighizuwa was in Lincoln for an official visit to Nebraska. "I loved it," he said about the Huskers. "The fans are all about football and they really support the team. It's the big thing there.

"I also like coach Bo Pelini," he said. "He's cool and a very smart coach."

So did he catch the defensive showdown between Nebraska and Texas in the Big 12 championship game? "Yes," he said. "I saw the game. It was kind of crazy. Nebraska got kind of unlucky at the end. I think they're probably good enough to play against anybody."

The only school that has already visited Odighizuwa at home is UCLA. "It was last week," he said. "(Secondary) coach Tim Hundley was over here about a week ago. He just talked about how I'd fit in and where the program is headed.

"I think UCLA is in a positive situation," he said. "They're definitely heading in the right direction and they think I could play early there.

"I get along great with all the coaches," he said about the Bruins staff. "They are very personable."

Odighizuwa was supposed to visit USC this month, but says that visit will likely be in January instead.

"I was supposed to be there this weekend," he said. "But I had some issues with my flight and stuff. I'll try and reschedule."

Odighizuwa missed out on seeing the Trojans lose at home during the final minutes to Arizona. Have USC's struggles this year affected how he feels about the Trojans? "Not really," he said.

"I'm not too surprised by that," he said about USC's struggles in the Pac-10 this year. "The Pac-10 is getting tougher and every team is pretty good. It's surprising seeing USC lose this many games, but I'm not too concerned about it."

So what are the Trojans telling Odighizuwa about their disappointing 2009? "Nothing really," he said. "They're still saying the same things. The main thing they told me is that I'm a very important recruit for them and they see me being a key for them. They think I could make a big difference."

Odighizuwa's trip to USC was supposed to be his final official visit, but he plans on making his announcement during the U.S. Army All-America game and admits he may not take any more visits.

"I'll probably have my mind made up before the game," he said. "But I plan on keeping it to myself. I won't announce it until the game."

Does he already have his mind made up? "No," he said. "I'm still trying to figure things out."

Odighizuwa is also still considering in-state favorites Oregon and Oregon State. "They both did great this year," he said. "The Civil War was a great game. Oregon looked real good and they played so tough the whole game.

"Oregon State has a great team too," he said. "I also really like the atmosphere there. It's laid-back and a very family place. The team gets along great and they're all friends. They are all very close."

Odighizuwa finished his senior season with 90 tackles and 10 sacks for a 4-6 team.

He plans to major in sports business and reports a 3.5 core GPA and an 1190 three-part SAT.


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