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Irabor pulls the trigger

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Three-star cornerback Osahon Irabor (5-10, 178, 4.5) from Upland, Calif., has made his final decision on the college of his choice. He has finished with 15 offers, with seven of them coming from the Pac 10.
After attending last night to a Bonita Passing league game he came home spoke to his mom one last time and was ready to release his commitment to Arizona State.
ASU has been his top choice going into the beginning of this past week with Nebraska and Arizona right behind, but recent offer from UCLA delayed his time table to consider UCLA's offer and talking with his family to make sure this was what he was absolute comfortable with on his decision.
"Coach (Upland head coach) Tim Salter myself and the rest of the Upland High School staff are very excited and proud of Osahon's commitment today," Upland coach in charge of recruiting Mike Esquivel said. "He has come a long way from being a freshman football reserve player to a division one national recruit. His hard work from his freshman year to now has paid off."
"We have had some great corners in the past here at Upland for example like Tyron Brackenridge who is now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Osahon stands out with the best of them," Esquivel said. "We are looking for him to do big things in the Pac 10 and compete right away at ASU."
"Coach Matt Lubick who is ASU recruiting coordinator has done a great job recruiting Irabor since the very beginning," Esquivel said. "To see players who are a class act, great class room student, and a positive role model like Osahon to succeed is very much rewarding for us coaches here at Upland."
Irabor is relieved and excited to be a Sun Devil.
"I decided to commit to ASU because I want to compete at the highest level and play for a great coaching staff," Irabor said. "Coach Dennis Erickson is a coaching legend. Coach Greg Burns and coach Matt Lubick are great people as well as great coaches and I'm looking forward on playing for them after my career is done here at Upland."
"I committed early before the start of my senior year, because I want the other 14 schools that have offered me to be able to recruit other players in my position across the nation, and to let ASU know that after my senior year I'm going to Tempe," Irabor said. "When I talked to coach Erickson he was very excited to receive the good news that I know the ASU coaching staff had been hoping and waiting for awhile now."
"Last night I spoke to Coach Lubick and he was so happy and fired up that it was like he won the lottery," Irabor said. "He was at Colorado visiting family and it was 10:30 pm his time there. He didn't mind waiting that late to hear from me on what my final decision was going to be. He mentioned that he is going to build the class around my commitment there and let everybody know how loyal and what a big pickup I was to them when signing day comes."
"Coach Lubick also informed me that I would have a great opportunity to compete right away my freshman football season," Irabor said. "He said he is going to make it well known about my commitment to ASU now and on signing day. That made me feel special and even more excited about being a Sun Devil."
"This was hard for me because I have built great player/coach relationship with the other 14 colleges that have offered me," Irabor said. "I want it to be known that I appreciate Coach Tim Kish from Arizona offer to me. It was very special to me because Coach Kish was the first coach to offer me. I wish Coach Kish and the rest of the coaches who recruited me the best of luck in their futures. "
"I'm just excited to be a Sun Devil after my senior year and can't wait to practice with Omar Bolden who is from my area and played at Colony High School," Irabor said. "The Pac-10 quarterbacks better be aware, because I'm out to make an early statement at ASU and bring a Pac-10 title to Tempe."
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