Covina (Calif.) South Hills is always good for a Div I prospect or two every year. This year top player will be defensive lineman Kebin Umodu who recently picked up his first scholarship offer.
Umodu, 6-2, 245 pounds is a talented lineman who will be one of the state's top defensive tackle prospects next year. He has the frame to easily pack on an additional 40 pounds or so and has great quickness in the middle of the defensive line.
As a junior, Umodu earned all-league and all-state underclass honorable mention honors. He racked up 87 tackles and two sacks and shows up very well on film. The lineman has good strength, uses his hands well to get off blocks and is a very physical player.
Umodu attended the NIKE Combine in Long Beach in late January and jumped 26 inches in the vertical while doing 20 reps on the bench. The tackle is not the kind of player that will ever run a great 40 time but he's very quick in the box and more importantly, can move laterally very well.
On the recruiting front, Umodu picked up his first of what we think could be several offers recently.
"We just got the letter on Friday from Oregon," South Hills assistant James Escarcega said. "They verbally offered awhile ago but it's always good to get it in writing. Kebin is very good, he has a motor on him and won't stay blocked. I think he's an excellent college prospect."
As for favorites, at the NIKE combine, Umodu told us he likes UCLA, older brother Tobi is a red-shirt freshman for the Bruins, USC, Oregon and Colorado.