LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Centerville (Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo walked into the Under Armour All-America Game practices feeling almost a bit rusty.
"I was more anxious than nervous," Odenigbo said. "I haven't played a football game since the first of November, while a lot of these kids made it to the state finals or just finished playing a few weeks ago. So I was sort of nervous about that, but once I got going it wasn't that bad."
As for being a part of the national all-star event, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end is enjoying the whole experience.
"It is a great honor," Odenigbo said. "I am really humbled by this experience. It is just great to see I am with the top players here. Each person I have gone against, they are all good, so you have to bring you're a-game each time you go against an offensive tackle."
Like many of the uncommitted prospects at the game, the four-star defensive end has narrowed his list to a few favorites.
"My top three schools right now are Stanford, Northwestern, and Notre Dame," Odenigbo said. "I am going to make my decision on January 7th."
The Rivals250 prospect has taken an official visit to each of his three finalists. He talked about what stands out for each school.
Stanford: "It is such a prestigious school. If you tell people you went to Stanford, it is known worldwide. They are an up-rising football program. People keep saying that once they lose Andrew Luck that they won't be good, but I have seen their recruiting classes and they have a lot of talent."
Northwestern: "I am a big fan of the head coach, Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald, and the players. I felt a link to the players and that is probably one of the most important things there. One thing about Coach Fitzgerald is that he isn't a phony. Even though they lost to Texas A&M in their bowl game, they were fighting for the whole time. They might not have the most athletic kids, but I have mad respect for them."
Notre Dame: "I am a Catholic, a very strict Catholic, and it has all the right qualities of what a person should be."
At this point, Odenigbo says he has a little bit more deliberating to do before he makes his final decision.
"I sort of have an idea but I am going to talk to my parents some more over the next couple of days," Odenigbo said. "Once the decision is made I am done. I am not going to decommit or be that guy."