Nov 8, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Cyler Miles (10) is pressured by UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Owamagbe Odighizuwa (94) during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Washington Huskies offensive linesman Micah Hatchie (72) blocks Odighizuwa. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Out with the old Odighizuwa and in with the new.
Days after older brother Owamagbe was drafted into the NFL by the New York Giants, 3-star defensive lineman Osa Odighizuwa (Portland, OR/Douglas) has chosen to continue the family legacy at UCLA and verbally committed to defensive line coach Angus McClure and the Bruins on Tuesday night.
Strangely enough, despite his bloodlines, Osa profiles less like his brother, who was a 5-star recruit and one of the most remarkable physical specimens as a recruit in recent memory, and more like a smaller version of current UCLA nose tackle Kenny Clark. Osa lacks an explosive get-off from the snap, but has great strength and plays with good leverage. Like Clark was in high school, Osa is a decorated high school wrestler in Oregon and it shows in his balance and the use of his hands.
In a year in which UCLA needed to prioritize the defensive line on the recruiting trail, it has done so and stands likely to reap further rewards. With blue-chip recruits like 4-star DE Oluwole Betiku (Gardena, CA/Serra) and and 4-star DT Boss Tagaloa (Concord, CA/De La Salle), among a host of others, still continuing to look like they could become Bruins during this recruiting cycle, things seem to lining up for the Bruins to be bring in some serious defensive line beef come National Signing Day.
And with the commitments of Osa Odighizuwa and 5-star DE/LB Breland Brandt already secured, that group already has some key pieces in place with nearly nine months remaining until Signing Day.
Welcome to Westwood, Osa!