David Oku Enrolls in Lincoln East, Husker Nation Goes in a Frenzy

Jeff WilliamsAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2009

Top-rated prep RB David Oku has  enrolled in Lincoln East to reportedly ‘be closer to his girlfriend.’

This has fueled speculation that David will sign with the Huskers.

The 5'10", 186-pound Oku, rated by Rivals as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose back for his play at Carl Albert High School, has not signed a letter of intent. He is reportedly considering Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi, Syracuse and Nebraska , though the Huskers have not actively recruited Oku for some time.

NU signed two running backs in Rex Burkhead and Dontrayevous Robinson earlier this month on National Signing Day.

Nebraska initially offered Oku a scholarship, but cooled on him after he pledged to the Tennessee.


UPDATE: David Oku speaks

"Coming here also gives me extra classes that my other school [Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, Okla.] wouldn’t offer me," he added.

He does have a girlfriend who goes to UNL, but he said he moved here because he thought the school would better prepare him for college.

"It had nothing to do with an emotional thing with a girlfriend. … That had nothing to do with it. I’ve heard the craziest things, that she’s pregnant and all this. No, no. I came here because of school."

On the topic of football, he said his coming here shouldn’t lead people to think he’s signing with Nebraska. All indications are that Nebraska has halted its recruiting of running backs for this class.