Umodu Still Close to Committing
Tobi Umodu
Tobi Umodu

Posted Mar 2, 2005

The defensive player, Tobi Umodu, from West Covina (Calif.) South Hills, will attend UCLA's Junior Day this Saturday and said he could verball commit this time...

After visiting the UCLA campus for spring practice last Saturday, West Covina (Calif.) South Hills defensive end Tobi Umodu (6-1, 225) got a better feel for the Bruin program.

This Saturday he’ll visit Westwood again for Junior Day, and he said its not out of the question for him to commit to the Bruins.

“They are my number one choice but I didn’t commit yet,” said Umodu. “But I might do it on Saturday if everything goes well.”

Umodu got a chance to talk with Head Coach Karl Dorrell and his primary recruiter, Eric Bieniemy, but more importantly, spent some time watching new defensive line coach Thurmond Moore work with his defensive linemen. Umodu said, “I really liked the way he coaches. And the way he coaches is similar to the way my coach does things.”

On Saturday at UCLA’s Junior Day, Umodu hopes to spend more face time with Moore. “I’m looking forward to Junior Day, it will be good for me,” he said. The offer from UCLA is his only one so far, but he’s also hearing from Oregon and Colorado State heavily.

Umodu has been clocked at a 4.6 forty. He’s been invited to the Nike Camp in Los Angeles this spring, and he thinks he can get it down around the 4.5 mark.

This past year, Umodu had his second straight 17-sack season, totaling 79 tackles on the year, forced 2 fumbles, recovered one, and intercepted a pass.

Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and got a “good score” on his PSAT. He will take his SAT later this spring.

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