“Underhyped” no more; Centerville’s Odenigbo lands several more offers


Centerville DE Ifeadi Odenigbo

Last week we tabbed Centerville junior Ifeadi Odenigbo as one of Ohio’s “underhyped” and “underappreciated” junior prospects. Things have
changed quick. Monday the DE landed three more scholarship offers

Michigan State was one of three schools which offered a scholarship to 2012 defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (Centerville, Ohio) Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound prospect also received offers from Michigan and Boston College Monday, as coaching staff’s turn their full attention to the 2012 recruiting class.

“I’m pretty excited about all of them,” Odenigbo said. “All those schools are very good academic schools.”

MSU defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett visited Odenigbo at Centerville High two weeks ago – 2011 Centerville defensive linemen Kyle Rose (West Virginia) and Michael Bennett (Ohio State) each signed letters of intent last week. Former OSU linebacker A.J. Hawk, currently with the Green Bay Packers, also attended Centerville High as did former Buckeye quarterback Kirk Herbstreit.

Odenigbo, who is also a standout track runner, has additional scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Toledo, Syracuse, Stanford, West Virginia, Northwestern and Indiana.

Odenigbo tallied 40 tackles and 10.5 sacks last fall, just his second year of competitive football.

“My parents were born and raised in Nigeria, so they didn’t really understand this hitting and contact thing,” said Odenigbo, who finally convinced his parents to let him play as a sophomore. “I had to explain to my mom we have helmets and shoulder pads.”

Odenigbo has attended junior days at Cincinnati and Notre Dame and said he plans to visit Michigan and Michigan State in the near future.

“All I know is they tied Ohio State in the Big Ten,” Odenigbo said regarding MSU. “But I plan on visiting the school and learning more about it.”

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