San Jose CB Favors the Pac-10

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep cornerback Kris Olugbode grew up a UCLA fan, and the all-state underclass pick is hearing from the Bruins, as well as a host of other Pac-10 schools...

San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep cornerback/running back Kris Olugbode (5-9, 180), has some big shoes to fill this fall, replacing his brother Kyle, who was the Northern California Player of the Year in 2009.

But his brother did an admirable job himself, replace the 2008 NorCal Player of the Year, Usua Amanam, and the two brother helped the Bells to the CIF-State Division I title game, where they lost a heart-breaker to Oceanside.

The younger Olugbode was a major part of the Bells success in 2009, earning Second Team All-State Underclass honors last fall.

This year, he'll move into the running back role for the Bells while staying in the secondary for the Bells, where he projects to play in college.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," said Olugbode. "I don't have any offers yet, but I'm hearing from a lot of schools. I've heard from Washington State, Washington, USC, UCLA and San Jose State and a little from Stanford (where his brother is headed next fall)."

Olugbode said he had one school he has favored growing up.

"I always liked UCLA, they were always the school I pulled for," said Olugbode. "I'm going down there for the Spring Game next month."

But Olugbode said he's wide open in his recruitment right now.

"Yeah, I'm really wide open," said Olugbode. "I like UCLA, Washington, Cal, Oregon, USC and Colorado. I'm going to some camps and unofficial visits because I want to decide before the season. If not, then I'll take some trips in the fall and then decide. But I want to get focused on getting back to the state championship game, and winning it this time."

Olugbode will be camping at the UnderArmour Combine in NorCal, the Stanford Nike Camp and has gone to FBU and the Underclassmen Combine, as well as the Badger/New Level 7on7, while balancing basketball in all that.

"I'm working out on both sides of the ball, and I'm hearing from schools for a little of both," said Olugbode. "I like running back more, but I'm open to anything."

Olugbode is in fine shape academically, with a 3.6 and having taken the SAT earlier this month, as well as achieving a 22 on the ACT already.

During his junior season, he was named WCAL Junior of the Year, First Team All-WCAL and First Team All-CCS after rushing for 505 yards on 65 carries, catching 13 passes for 340 yards and scoring nine touchdowns. Defensively, he had 95 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, a forced fumble, a blocked field goal and punt, and a fumble recovery.

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