Much was made when with internet fodder when five-star defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (6-3, 234) from Portland (Ore.) David Douglas didn't show up to USC this past weekend, but there is no story there. He will end up taking his visit to USC, but the talented defensive end didn't want to make a federal case out of his absence. This is a case of there is no there, there.
USC is fine with it and are happy that they will get a chance to host the five-star on an official visit.
Odighizuwa and his teammates lost in the first round of the playoffs so now he is concentrating on playing basketball for Douglas. Make no mistake, though, Odighizuwa will earn his scholarship playing college football.
Odighizuwa played up to his reputation as one of the nation's best defensive ends fighting through a lot of attention by the opposition to garner 90 tackles and 10 sacks.
"Every game was I was double teamed," Odighizuwa said. "And they ran the ball away from me a lot. My numbers were a little down from last year, but still they were pretty good.
Pretty good indeed. His numbers are good if teams didn't scheme to prevent him from making his presence felt too much, but when you consider that avoiding Odighizuwa was part of the opposition's game plan it makes his senior season performance even more impressive.
On the recruiting trail, Odighizuwa has taken four visits. His last two were to Nebraska and Florida.
"Nebraska was pretty good," Odighizuwa said. "I liked it a lot. It is a nice little town up there in Lincoln. I was able to hang out with Ndamukong Suh.
"He (Suh) had a really good game on Saturday Night," Odighizuwa said when asked if he saw the Nebraska/Texas game. "He had 11 tackles and four sacks. Out of the eight sacks Nebraska had, he had four of them."
"I thought Florida was a pretty cool visit, too," Odighizuwa said. "I enjoyed my time there as I did in Nebraska.
"I had a good time meeting with the coaches and hanging out with some of the players," Odighizuwa said. "I just soaked everything in.
Earlier in the season Odighizuwa took an unofficial visit to Oregon State when they played Cincinnati. He also took official visits to Cal when they played USC and UCLA when they played Arizona State.
"I thought Cal was a good visit, too," Odighizuwa said. "The loss was disappointing to USC, but I felt like this year the whole Pac 10, basically every team is good. Good or bad however they want to put it. You have to pretty much bring your A game.
"Like all the other schools, I had a great time at UCLA," Odighizuwa said. "My mom was up there with me and my D-line coach was with me. We had a great time. UCLA is a really good place to go to school."
After Odighizuwa takes his last visit to USC, the plan is to talk it over with his family and then make a decision.
Whoever lands Odighizuwa will get a player who made the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2010. Rivals.com ranks him as the nation's No. 20 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.