Odeyingbo: Vandy in top three

After a long summer of camps and campus visits, Dare Odeyingbo tells VandyMania.com that Vanderbilt is in his top three favorites as he heads into his final season at Cistercian Prep School in Irving, Texas. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete, who projects at defensive end/outside linebacker in college but plays running back at his high school, has 13 D-1 offers to his credit.

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Two of those offers, Air Force and Minnesota, have offered at running back, as Odeyingbo did rush for 1800 yards as a junior last season at Cistercian, but the rest, Vanderbilt included, believe his future lies on defense.

"That was in the middle of June when I was on Vanderbilt's campus," Odeyingbo said. "It went very well down there. I went to one of their Friday Night Lights camps and the next day I had a tour of the campus. It seems like a very good place to play college football and offers a top-of-the-line education.

"Coach Mason said they were very impressed with my physicality. He thinks I'll be a game-changer and do big things at Vanderbilt. The offers was for a defensive end-linebacker hybrid who can rush the edge or drop back in coverage. The coaches were great. They seem like they're very excited to be at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt's been doing well lately. They don't have to turn things around but continue the momentum James Franklin was building. I think they're the right coaches to keep it going."

Cistercian Prep is an all-male Roman catholic School in the Dallas area. Odeyingbo carried the ball 243 times in 10 games on the 2013 season for a 7.4 yards-per-carry average and rushed for 20 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 200 yards four times including a 291 yard rushing performance against Pantego Christian.

Odeyingbo could be nearing a decision on college soon. He said three schools are standing out to him at the moment.

"My favorites are Vanderbilt, Missouri, and Wisconsin in no particular order," he said. "Education has always been my number one factor. I've enjoyed building relationships with the coaches and that will be a factor as well. I'm also going to consider location because I don't want to be too far away from Texas. Really, though, the quality education will play the biggest part in my decision."

On offense at Cistercian Prep, Odeyingbo is a workhorse getting more than 20 carries-per-game, but he says he thinks the coaches will give him more time on the defensive side of the ball in the coming season.

"I'm going to get to play some defensive end this year and I might play some inside linebacker too," he said. "We just had our second day of practice. We're looking solid. I'm happy to get the season started."

Odeyingbo made trips to Missouri and Oklahoma State as well Vanderbilt this summer. It's been a couple of seasons since Cistercian had a big time recruit. Their last one was Ikenna Nwafor who went to Stanford in the Class of 2012, but recently retired due to medical reasons going into his junior season.

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