July 2, 2010

Obukwelu gets first offer from UConn

Dorchester (Mass.) Boston College High defensive end Obum Obukwelu has been waiting for his first big time offer. On Sunday night this week, Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall gave him his wish.

"I talked to coach Edsall over the phone and he said they wanted to offer me," said Obukwelu. "I was ecstatic. I couldn't believe it. It was crazy."

Obukwelu had a good showing at UConn's one day camp on June 25th, and thought an offer could come soon. Harvard offered him a scholarship in February. He has also been in touch with Duke, Syracuse and Miami.

"I'm still waiting to hear back from a few schools, but now that I have that offer from UConn it's a relief," he said.

Obukwelu does not plan on rushing the process, but would like to make a decision before the start of his senior season. Right now, he considers UConn the leader of the pack.

"UConn is actually at the top of my list right now," said Obukwelu. "My goal is to play big time college football and also try to stay close to home. Storrs, Connecticut is where I can do that."

When asked why staying close to home was a factor, it became evident how important family is to Obukwelu.

"I'd definitely like to stay close to my parents, so I can come home for home cooked meal," he said. "My parents are very involved in their children's lives, so they'd really like to come see me play."

Family may ultimately be the reason Obukwelu settles on Connecticut.

"One of my cousins, Alex Oriakhi, goes there," Obukwelu said of UConn's 6-foot-9 forward. "He's not my blood cousin, but I've known him since birth. We're very close."

The 6-foot-1, 254-pound prospect totaled 70 tackles and seven sacks during his junior season. Like most recruits, he was blown away by UConn's facilities.

"I've been to Boston College and Harvard and I've seen their facilities, but UConn's facilities were great," said Obukwelu. "It was stuff I've never seen before."

If he settles on Connecticut, Obukwelu will have plenty of time to get used to the equipment.

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