August 5, 2010

Is Obum close to commitment?

It was only a month ago when Obum Obukwelu, the talented defensive lineman from Massachusetts, picked up his first offer of the recruiting process. That offer was from UConn and over the weekend he was able to visit the school that gave him that first scholarship.

The 6-foot-1, 254-pound defensive end from Dorchester (Mass.) Boston College High was looking forward to the opportunity to visit UConn ever since they first started showing interest, and this weekend he got his wish.

"I was actually there (at UConn) for an unofficial visit with my parents on Saturday," Obukwelu told this week.

"The first thing we did was go to the stadium with coach (Mike) Foley and that was really good. We went around the campus and just looked around at the facilities. We went into the business school and checked out the dorms, too.

"I thought it was great. It's definitely a place I could see myself."

UConn's coaches aren't exactly sure how Obukwelu would fit into their defensive schemes if he chose their program, but they are certain of one thing -- he would be a good fit, regardless of what position he ends up at.

"I was talking to coach (Randy) Edsall and he said they're projecting me as a defensive end or a defensive tackle, either one," he continued. "He said the main thing is they want to put me at a position where I can be most successful on the field. I could see myself playing a variety of positions there."

Harvard is the other school that is high on Obukwelu's list. Not surprisingly, academics are a big factor for him. While Ivy League schools don't offer scholarships they could invite him to join their program, and Obukwelu is high on that idea as well.

He said he's torn between UConn and Harvard and could not put one above the other at this point. He might not have long before he has to make a difficult decision.

"I actually camped at Harvard over the summer and I was at their junior day. That was pretty good, too. They're both my favorites. I have two favorites right now.

"Right now I'm still undecided. I'm trying to wait it out to see which one is the best fit. I would like to make a decision before the season begins."

Obukwelu is a three-star recruit and ranked the No. 6 prospect in the state of Massachusetts.

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