The start of the high school football season is less than two weeks away for Centerville (Ohio) defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo, the nation's No. 48 ranked prospect, who at one time planned to announce his college destination before his senior year.
"That's no longer the plan… it will be probably after the season because what comes first is my high school football team," Odenigbo said. "I'll take my official visits, but I'm in no rush."
Odenigbo did a lot of his recruiting leg work this off-season, visiting several campuses and identifying his favorite schools.
"It's pretty much still the same - the top schools are Stanford, Cal, Ohio State, ND and Northwestern," Odenigbo said. "You could flip a coin and that would be my top school. There is no separation - they are all pretty close."
That group of schools is Odenigbo's top five, but not necessarily his final five. A couple other teams could still work their way into his top group.
"Michigan State is still in the mix and I'm still somewhat interested in UCLA, but they kind of got in late in the recruiting process," Odenigbo said.
Odenigbo is not expecting take all five of his official visits before making his college selection, but he does expect to return to the West Coast this fall and is also looking to schedule an official visit with Notre Dame.
"I think I might go to the Notre Dame-USC night game," Odenigbo said. "I've got to talk to my coach about that, but I keep forgetting so I've got to make that a priority tomorrow after practice."
The last trip Odenigbo took to Notre Dame occurred in July. He previously visited Stanford, Cal and Northwestern in June and was last on Ohio State's campus in May.
"I'll likely get to visit for some games at Ohio State," Odenigbo said. "I spoke with them last week. I've always had a pretty steady relationship with Coach [Luke] Fickell."
Centerville opens their season on Aug. 26 against Cincinnati Elder. They will then play on national television against Indianapolis Cathedral in week two as part of the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic.