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SoCal corner lands third offer

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Cornerback and wide receiver Osahon Irabor (5-11, 180, 4.5) from Upland received his first offer from a Pac-10 school last month and since then he has received two more from Pac 10 team and his stock has taken an upward turn.
Last month Arizona was the first school out of the box with an offer. Since then in-state archrival Arizona State and Cal have joined the fray for his services.
Cal's offer came today.
"It feels good great to get an offered by Cal," Irabor said. "It was an offer that I was expecting.
"I didn't commit to Cal because I'm weighing all of my options," Irabor said. "Cal is a great university with prestige and tradition. Plus Cal is a very consistent football program.
"I like the state of Arizona and Arizona State has a great football program," Irabor said. "ASU is also a good school.
"I'm wide open regarding colleges at this time," Irabor said. "I love all three schools that have offered me, plus I'm open to UCLA.
Irabor was on hand last Saturday taking in UCLA's scrimmage and he was very impressed by Rick Neuheisel and DeWayne Walker.
"The campus is beautiful and the energy level here at UCLA is great," Irabor said. "I like the defense intensity out here. I wanted to put pads on and go practice with them. I like Coach Walker's defensive of scheme.
"When I first met Coach Neuheisel for the first time today, there was one big thing that stood out in mind," Irabor said. "Before I had a chance to introduce myself he said 'There he is, number 18 how are you.' He didn't look at my name tag at all when he said that.
"At that point that showed me they really liked me and how I stood out to Coach Neuheisel. He meets probably hundreds of recruits a month and by calling me, by my jersey number, told me that I stood out in his mind. I will be back at UCLA this Saturday, April 19th to take part in their junior day."
Irabor earned first-team all-league from his cornerback position as a junior after racking up 49 tackles and three interceptions. As a receiver, he came down with 16 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
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