August 31, 2010

Obum putting on the brakes?

When we last caught up with Obum Obukwelu it sounded as though the Massachusetts defensive end was close to a decision. Now it seems like he is pushing his timetable back a little bit.

The 6-foot-1, 254-pound prospect from Dorchester (Mass.) Boston College High has offers from UConn, Villanova and UMass, while Boston College has told him they will be keeping touch and monitoring his progress during his senior season. The coaches from Harvard and Cornell have told him they could get him admitted to play football at those schools as well, though they do not offer scholarships.

"It was my plan to [make a decision] before the season starts but now I think I'm just gonna take it day by day," he explained. "It's just probably gonna go on a little longer than I expected.

"I'm thinking about taking my official visits. That's what I think I'll do. I'll probably be going to UConn and Harvard. That's my top two right now."

Harvard obviously has an academic reputation that is second-to-none, though the football program does not compete at the FCS level. Nonetheless, the school has managed to snag high profile recruits before. Just last year Harvard inked a commitment from four-star tight end Blake Barter, a highly coveted prospect.

The Huskies also have things going for them. What does Obukwelu like about UConn these days?

"I just like the whole campus and the way their program is shaping up," he said. "I saw one [poll] had them at number 23 in the nation and I think they're doing it the right way."

Boston College High opens their season against Brockton High School on September 10th. Obukwelu has high hopes for his squad this year.

"I definitely think we'll be a contender for our conference [championship] and hopefully we'll take it all the way to states," he said. "We've got some really good juniors coming up this year so we're looking good."

Obukwelu said all the schools recruiting him want him as a defensive lineman, but UConn isn't sure if they would have him play end or tackle when he arrives at school.

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