Summer is now upon us, and in the world of football, that means a few things: mini-camps, practices, weight rooms, and daily doubles. From the pros all the way down to high school ball, men are gearing up for another great year of football.
At David Douglas High School in Portland, OR, a senior defensive end by the name of Owamagbe Odighizuwa prepares for his final season as a high school athlete—and will soon embark on what should be an outstanding collegiate career.
Odighizuwa is drawing a lot of attention on the national scale from some very prestigious college football programs.
Schools such as Florida, USC, Notre Dame, Cal, and Nebraska, as well as both Oregon and Oregon State, are taking a good, long look at this kid.
Rivals.com has Odighizuwa rated at a 5.9 out of a possible 6.1 overall, an out of the 35-plus players ranked at the defensive end position, Rivals has him ranked No. 3 in the entire country. He is a four-star athlete and is one of Rivals' senior players favored to earn a fifth star.
Listed at 6'3" and 234 lbs., he has an incredible frame for the defensive end position. He possesses both the size and speed to make it at the next level. Although it is way too early to tell, Odighizuwa seems to have what it would take to play as a pro eventually.
Notable High School Highlights
Defensive Player of the Year (Mt. Hood Conference) as a junior.
Second-Team All-State (Oregon) as a junior.
Defensive MVP at U.S. Army All-American Combine (San Antonio, TX) as a junior.
From everything that I've been hearing, Odighizuwa is leaning heavily toward Oregon State University. The OSU program has built a solid reputation over the last few seasons for developing defensive ends and has had a number of defensive players go on to the NFL. This should certainly be attractive to Odighizuwa.
As a junior, Odighizuwa recorded 96 total tackles, 22 of those tackles for loss. He also posted an amazing 18 sacks.
Odighizuwa should have a stellar senior season at David Douglas and will be at the top of my list of players to watch in Oregon.
If you are a fan of either the Oregon Ducks or OSU Beavers, you know how valuable defensive ends are, and the Ducks could use some help up front on the D-line.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that somehow Odighizuwa lands in Eugene next year.