Odighizuwa talks Beavs, recruiting

OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA

A NATIONAL RECRUIT coming out of the state of Oregon for the 2010 class, Portland's Owamagbe Odighizuwa had an in-home visit with Oregon State recently. The 6-4, 240-pounder had long planned to announce his decision at the Army All-America game but that looks to have changed.

Douglass High's Owamagbe Odighizuwa, ranked four stars and the No. 14 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout.com, recently said he had narrowed things down from his list of seven to about four schools. But he wasn't ready to publicly name them because he wanted to talk to the coaches first. Oregon State, however, has made the cut.

He sat down with OSU before the most recent in-home visit period came to a close.

"It went good, I liked it a lot. We just talked about everything -- football, academics, the positives of Oregon State," said Odighizuwa.

HIS MOST recent, fifth and final official visit, was down to USC on Dec. 11.

"It went pretty good. I enjoyed my time doing there. I thought it was cool meeting Pete Carroll for the first time, coach (Jethro) Franklin and coach (Rocky) Seto. I like the way they get after it at practice," said Odighizuwa.

THE PLAN WAS to announce his decision at the Army All-America game on Jan. 9 but Odighizuwa said that's no longer the case.

"No. I want to have it made up before then but I'm not so sure when that will be," said Odighizuwa, who said his decision could come before or after the Army All-America game.

AS A SENIOR, Odighizuwa racked up 90 tackles and 10 sacks. Among his post-season honors and accolades, he was named first team Class 6A all-state by the Oregonian.

His junior campaign saw him take home The Defensive Player of the Year in the Mt. Hood Conference, posting 96 tackles (73 solo) with 22 for loss including 18 sacks.

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