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Safety has funny name - serious player

LaGrange, Ga., coach Steve Pardue knows he has one of the top players in Georgia. The problem is that the word is just now getting out on his star player.
Olaolu Sanni-Osomo, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety, is just now coming onto the scene.
And schools like Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida and Georgia are first to arrive. Florida and Stanford have offered scholarships, Sanni-Osomo said.
"He's no surprise to us," Pardue said. "He's exactly what I thought he would be. Olaolu started as a 10th grader, but broke his foot as a junior."
And as everybody knows, junior film is key in recruiting.
"He had what they called a Jones' fracture and couldn't play," Pardue said. "He didn't get back until the end of the season and didn't get a chance to prove himself.
"He's come out this year and finally got a good film to show the coaches. Stanford, Notre Dame and Florida love the stuff. The Florida offensive line coach recruits this area for them. He said, he's not a d-back coach but he knows that Olaolu has to be one of the best in the nation."
Sanni-Osomo, who has a 3.8 grade-point average and 1070 score on the SAT, said he's just getting into the recruiting process.
"This is getting fun," he said. "I'm really open at this point, but I like what I'm now hearing from guys like Florida and Georgia."
Pardue said Sanni-Osomo has the tools to be a special one on the next level.
"He brings it," Pardue said. "He's also really smart. Olaolu is going to be one of those guys that will make a difference in college."
LaGrange, who hasn't lost a game this season, is also home to Blake Mitchell, a big-time junior quarterback prospect.
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