Different Path

This Pennsylvania athlete just started playing football a couple of years ago, but his impressive build and athleticism is drawing some interest from schools across the country.

Oluwaseun Idowu isn't your standard football recruit. The chiseled North Allegheny High School safety\running back (6-1, 200 lbs.) just started playing football during his freshman year, but his dedication to lifting, running and working out have given him a physique that surpasses most of his peers. Combined with his growing familiarity of the nuances of the game, he hopes that the sum will result in scholarship offers.

On the field, Idowu runs with a feline-like grace, and powers through cuts with an aggressive style. He's an attention-getter of the first order, and as a result has interest from Princeton, Bowling Green, Bucknell, Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Recently, schools such as West Virginia, Pitt and Stanford have also contacted or been in touch with the rising senior, who values academics as much as he does athletics.

"Academics are very important to my father, and to me as well," Idowu told BlueGoldNews.com. "He has always been into education, but I think he's starting to see that athletics can be important too."

That emphasis on education isn't uncommon among U.S. immigrants -- a group that Idow is a part of. He came to the U.S. as an eight-year-old, and became attracted to football as he saw his body develop through his rigorous workout regimen.

"As I grew I discovered that I had the frame, and I started lifting and working out," he said. "I' m not into Facebook or Twitter or any of that stuff -- I just train and practice. I had so much caching up to do in learning about football, so it's taken a lot of time and hard work."

That has paid off, as Idowu has been put in multiple positions by his coaches at North Allegheny. He's played quarterback, running back and wider receiver on offense, and balanced that with stints at safety and cornerback on defense. He could add linebacker to that roll call this year, and hopes his versatility will help him get noticed during the recruiting process.

"I think I am a diverse athlete, but I'm probably more comfortable on offense," he said. "I'm still learning at lot about the game and how to play it."

At West Virginia's camp, Idowu picked up a number of coaching hints that he believes he can apply to his game. He received instruction on footwork and positioning that he thinks will help his change of direction, and will incorporate those in his future workouts.

"We had a nice time on the tour of the facilities and learning about the history of the program, and I learned a lot on the field," Idowu expanded. "The warmups and the organization, the drills, all those things I think will help me get better."

Mountaineers Daily Top Stories