Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Oluwole Betiku came into the USC Elite Junior Invite no really knowing what to expect.
Junior days are a foreign concept to Betiku, literally. However, the
campus of USC is hardly foreign territory for the 6-foot-3, 240-pound
“There’s always something new to learn, and just being around the
coaches and the other players was a great experience,” said Betiku.
“USC has a lot to offer. They have a good football experience and they
have a very strong alumni.
“I think the highlight was just seeing the plan they have for their
athletes beyond football. That was very impressive.
“USC is a great football school with a great education. We heard a lot
about the SC degree and I feel USC has a lot to offer outside of
football.I talk to Coach Tee Martin and Coach Chris Wilson, but today I
met everyone at USC.”
USC is recruiting Betiku as a rush end, offering him a scholarship
toward the end of his junior season. While Betiku is familiar with the
tradition of USC football, he didn’t venture far from the athletic
facilities before Saturday.
“It was good to tour the concourse and the facilities where all the
action is,” said Betiku. “I’ve never really seen that part of the
school where the business program is.”
Betiku has plenty of reasons to feel good about USC, but being fairly
new to football, let along the recruiting process, he wants to let the
process play out this spring.
“I’ve thought about making a commitment, but it’s better not to rush
things,” said Betiku. “Sometimes people commit and just de-commit, but
I don’t want to do that.
“I want to commit and know that’s where I’m going. I have to go around
and compare USC with other things. I don’t want to go to one school and
then see something new and feel like I need to de-commit. I don’t want
“I mean, sometimes coaches change jobs and everything and you have to
do what you have to do, but if I commit to a school, I want to commit
Granted, Betiku has seen the other side of recruiting double edged
“The messages from the coaches are overwhelming,” said Betiku. “It’s
hard to reply to everyone, but you try because I don’t want to look
like a snob.
“I’m nice to everyone because you never know what coach is going to
possibly be drafting you to the NFL. So I try to reply, but it gets
stressful. That’s why I think about maybe committing early.
“But I have so many more things to learn and see. I have to lean more
about my position and get into the process. I don’t really have time
right now, so I have to wait.”
Betiku has a few school he would like to see in person before making a
“I’d like to see Florida State, Notre Dame, ASU and Miami,” said
Betiku. “I think the school I’ll see first, because it;s the closest,
is Washington. I really like the coaches there - they seem like good
“But it’s one thing to hear it, I need to go see for myself.”
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