'17 JUCO Pass-Rusher Still Looking For A Home

2017 Reedley DE/LB Olivier Niyungeko (6-3, 235) has three offers and will visit another suitor this weekend, but with a decision coming soon, he's still working out which schools he'll take official visits to...


"I have offers right now from Louisiana-LafayetteArkansas State and Hawaii and Fresno State has been talking to me a lot," Niyungeko told JCFootball.com recently. "I'm actually heading up to Fresno State (Saturday) and I am hoping to get a chance to talk to the coaches and see if they will offer as well."

As a true freshman in 2015, Niyungeko posted a team-leading eight sacks and 12 tackles-for-loss while also posting 24 tackles and two forced fumbles.

"I am at my best rushing the quarterback," Niyungeko noted. "I have the ability to get pressure on the quarterback, use my speed and athleticism and my get off to get the edge and I never give up on a play; I'm relentless when it comes to rushing the quarterback."

This past season, the Reedley staff expected even bigger things from Niyungeko, but some torn ligaments in his hand forced him to redshirt.

"It was frustrating, but it saved me a year of eligibility and that is what is allowing me to leave this summer after I finish up my degree," Niyungeko added. "It's all be pretty crazy with schools offering and options coming at me. I am still not sure which schools I will visit, but I know I need to start thinking about those things because I need to make my decision here pretty quickly because I graduate in July and that's only a couple of months away."

Niyungeko enjoyed a very solid prep career in Georgia, but his academics fell to a point where he was unable to qualify, so he decided to go the JUCO route in order to continue his football career and Reedley felt like the best option for him to do what he needed to do.

"It's a good program here and they were the one that let me know they wanted me to come and play for them," Niyungeko recalled. "It's been a good experience for me and I feel like I have set myself up to be successful at the next level because of what I learned here."

As noted earlier, the talented pass-rusher is set to finish up his two-year degree in July and he will have three years to play three starting this fall.

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