Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne offensive tackle Alex Akingbulu (6-5.5, 250) has spent much of the spring working to add the weight he lost during basketball season.
Playing at around 260 last fall, Akingbulu got down to 230 at The Opening Los Angeles but is now closer to his playing weight from last season.
“I’m around 250 now and I want to get to 260 before the season and be at a good solid 260,” said Akingbulu.
While his weight dropped at points in the spring, recruiting never did, and Akingbulu has offers from Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado State, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, Utah and Washington State.
Akingbulu said numerous schools came by during the spring. “I think we had Michigan, Utah, Colorado State, San Diego State, Washington State, UCLA, Boston College and Cal then Fresno State, Nevada, Duke, Oregon State, Hawaii, UNLV and Arizona State.”
Oregon has yet to offer, but communication has picked up with the Ducks.
“I’m talking more with Oregon right now and I’m thinking about going to their camp and trying to figure it out if I can make it up there,” said Akingbulu.
Akingbulu is hoping to do a few camps in the Southland. “I might go to the UCLA camp, the Michigan camp at Mission Viejo and the Utah camp here in L.A.,” said Akingbulu.
While said he doesn’t have a leader, a few schools have been after him harder than others.
“I’m still pretty open, but UCLA, Michigan, Cal and Utah are the main ones I’m looking at right now,” said Akingbulu.
Akingbulu is hoping to visit UCLA, but he’s waiting until offensive line coach Adrian Klemm returns to the school.
“I haven’t gotten there to UCLA, I’m trying to wait for Coach Klemm,” said Akingbulu. “I’ve been talking with Coach (Blake) Bentz and he’s got a great personality and we’ve clicked on some things and he’s chatted with me to come up and meet the coaches. My sister (a UCLA student) is recruiting me too, they try to keep her in touch with me. And Coach Yarbs -- (Eric) Yarber -- recruits my school.”
At Michigan, offensive line coach Tim Drevno, who started recruiting him when he was at USC, is recruiting Akingbulu with an assist from Jay Harbaugh. Cal has offensive line coach Brandon Jones running point while Utah is going with Sharieff Shah and Jim Harding on Akingbulu.
Akingbulu said he plans to take a couple of official visits, but is uncertain if he’ll take all five of them.
“I don’t know that I’ll take all five, but the goal is to take a few officials,” said Akingbulu. “If I could get my recruitment done, though, before the season, I’m still thinking about doing that.”
Akingbulu said he’s close to giving up basketball for the summer and for good.
“I think I’m going to just focus on football now,” said Akingbulu. Akingbulu said the offseason has been good for him weight-wise but also from a football growth standpoint.
“I’ve been able to work on my technique and my different things and get better,” said Akingbulu. “We had one-on-one’s against Serra and I got to go against Wole (Oluwole Betiku) and that was a great experience for me to get better.”
Akingbulu has a 3.1 and took the SAT earlier this spring.