Just a year ago five-star Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 234) from Portland (Ore.) Douglas was known more as a regional recruit. That quickly changed with some outstanding camp performances and once his tape was in front of colleges around the country, he became national recruit worthy of his five-star status.
It is all winding down for the talented defensive end from Portland. He some time out from his busy schedule to talk about his experiences with the recruiting process.
"I'm waiting until signing day to make my announcement," Odighizuwa said. "The schools are the same; Oregon State, UCLA and Nebraska.
"The recruiting process has been really surprising," Odighizuwa said. "I did not expect it to be like it has turned out at all.
"I thought I was going to be committed earlier than I am," Odighizuwa said. "I didn't think it (the recruiting process) was going to get this hectic at some points and as crazy as it did.
"It was overall surprising," Odighizuwa said. "It kind of matured me about recruiting.
Is there any advice that Odighizuwa could impart to those athletes that will be going through the process after him?
"I think in some cases it is good to do it yourself and family by your side," Odighizuwa said. "The people that you care mostly about and trust the most for advice.
"A good chunk of it for me was stuff that I had to handle myself," Odighizuwa said. "You have to filter out who is being real and who is not.
"It (the recruiting process) has been a crazy ride, but a great ride," Odighizuwa said. "I'm very excited about Wednesday (national letter of intent day).
"I feel like, at this point, I kind of have an idea of where I'm headed," Odighizuwa said. "It has been a great process getting recruited and getting to know kids different states and being able to get in touch with different college coaches.
"It has been great, but eventually you only get to pick one school that you know that you can be happy at the place for four to five years," Odighizuwa said. "I did a pros and cons list and weighed every option and these last three schools came to a dead tie.
"Now it is just kind of come down to where I really want to go to school," Odighizuwa said. "And who I really want to play for.
The seconds are ticking towards signing day and the coaches and fans of Oregon State, UCLA and Nebraska will have to wait until 11:30 AM PST on signing day to know where his destination is.
Odighizuwa made the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2010. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation's No. 8 prospect at any position. He was also selected to the Rivals.com Oregon Midseason Top 10 team landing as the Beaver State's No. 1 prospect at any position.