Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 245, 4.7) from Portland (Ore.) David Douglas is drawing the kind of attention from the opposition that you would expect a five-star prospect to garner. The opposition has game planned for Odighizuwa and on almost every play he has had to fight through double teams.
Odighizuwa and his Douglas teammates are currently 0-2 on the season losing their first game in heartfelt fashion 27-26. The second game wasn't as close because Douglas was suffering from the hangover effects of their opener.
On the recruiting trail, things are much brighter at the present time for Odighizuwa. He has offers from schools coast-to-coast, but he is honing in on favorites.
"I have narrowed things down to seven schools," Odighizuwa said. "They are Cal, USC, Florida, UCLA, Nebraska, Oregon and Oregon State.
"I took an unofficial visit to Oregon State on Saturday," Odighizuwa said. "It went pretty good. It was a good trip. Unfortunately they (Oregon State) lost to Cincinnati, who has pretty talented team across the board.
"I met with the business professor at Oregon State and was able to talk to some of the players," Odighizuwa said. "It was nice getting introduced to the players and just hanging out watching the game.
"The Oregon State fans were pretty rowdy," Odighizuwa said. "They got pretty excited and fired up about their team.
Odighizuwa has set all five visits and it is very apparent that he has good taste in football games as has selected some good games to take in on trips. He will even take another good game on another unofficial visit.
"I will be visiting officially, Florida, Cal, USC, UCLA and Nebraska," Odighizuwa said. "I will be visiting Florida when they play Florida State (Nov. 27th).
"I will be going to Cal when they USC on October 3rd," Odighizuwa said. "It's going to be a good game.
"I will be also visiting UCLA," Odighizuwa said. "I'm not sure when that is, but I think it is for when they play Oregon (Oct. 10th). USC and Nebraska are going to be after the season. I will be taking an unofficial to Oregon on Halloween when they play USC."
Odighizuwa will probably make up his mind after he takes all five of his official visits when they end in January.
What is Odighizuwa going to be looking for in a college?
"The right coaching staff and people I can be around with four to five years," Odighizuwa said. "Also a school with good academics. The life on campus will also be a consideration."
Odighizuwa and his Douglas teammates will take on Troutdale (Ore.) Reynolds this Friday Evening. Both teams are in search of their first victory.
What does Odighizuwa think his team has to do get back into the race by getting a victory?
"We just have to forget about it because our losses came in preseason, fortunately," Odighizuwa said. "This week we just have to worry about league and have a different game plan that we will to execute and if we do that I think we will be fine."
There is good reason why Odighizuwa is so highly coveted. He racked up 96 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries as a junior. His performance saw him earn Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-conference and second-team all-state.
Odighizuwa earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the nation's No. 20 prospect at any position. He was also selected to the Rivals.com Oregon Preseason Top 10 team as the Beaver State's No. 1 prospect at any position.