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Player: Tobi Okuyemi

Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Position: DE

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 250 lbs.

40 time: 4.7

Visit Date: Spring Game

Scholarships: Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin

Favorites: Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin

 

COMMITTED TO NEBRASKA

 

Rivals: :star:star:star

Scout: :star:star:star

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Rivals teaser says he's visiting soon:

Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata defensive end Tobi Okuyemi knows that he has a long ways to go to reach his full potential on the football field. Considering that he's already picked up five scholarship offers, that's not a bad thing. Next month, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound standout plans to travel to Lincoln to get a closer look at his most recent suitor.

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From Husker Journal:

 

APRIL 26, 2009. PREP STAR

TOBI OKUYEMI, DE, 6-3, 230, 4.7, PLYMOUTH (WAYZATA), MINNESOTA

 

Tobi has offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Nebraska

 

“I went to the Nebraska spring game with my dad,” says Okuyemi. “The game time atmosphere was awesome. I was surprised that they had so many people there. It was very impressive to see and the support.”

 

“I liked the coaches at Nebraska. I got to talk to Bo Pelini, Barney Cotton and John Papuchis. Bo talked to me about five minutes he was too busy with the reporters about the spring game, but I did have a good conversation with the other coaches." Okuyemi said

 

"Nebraska said they are top heavy at defensive end, if I went there I would have a chance to play my sophomore year.” Okuyemi added

 

Outstanding Facilities

 

“The Nebraska weight room is huge,” Okuyemi said. “The player’s lounge was amazing and the locker room was nice. I saw the Heisman Room and saw all the Heisman trophies, that was pretty cool.”

 

Tobi Meets Husker Recruit

 

“I met Jason Ankrah at the spring game,” Okuyemi sad. “I talked to him for awhile he signed there (Nebraska), he’s a cool guy. Ankrah said he took an official visit to Michigan and Nebraska and he knew right away that Nebraska was the right place.”

 

Big Ten Schools Getting Early Look

 

“I’ll probably visit Minnesota on an unofficial visit, just go down there. I like Minnesota it’s a good place. For sure all the schools I’ve been to Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska, they are all good places.” Okuyemi said

 

“I’ve been to Iowa twice, I went to their junior days while back and a couple weekends ago I went to one of their practices. I went down with some of my teammates and that was fun doing that.” Okuyemi said

 

“I’ve been to Wisconsin twice also. I was there for junior days and about a month ago for spring practice. The campus (Madison) is great and I got to talk to some of the players there.” Okuyemi said

 

“To be honest I don’t know too much about Kentucky,” says Okuyemi. ”I’m hoping to have a chance to see them. If I go on a road trip that’s a place I hope to stop by and Vanderbilt and see what they are like.”

 

Other Schools Are Interested In Tobi

 

“Right now I’m beginning to get stuff from Oregon, Tennessee which requested my film. I plan on going to Ohio State and Notre Dame camps and see what happens.” Okuyemi said

 

Training Schedule

 

“We have a pretty intense training program here at school this post season. We won state and went 13-0 so we work pretty hard in the off season, a five day a week program. We have morning 7 on 7 workout outs.” Okuyemi added

 

“I’m really explosive off the line. I have a knack of keeping my feet going, getting after the ball. Chasing the quarterback down from the back side.” Okuyemi said

 

Post Season Games

 

“I haven’t been contacted by any post season games,” says Okuyemi. “Yet I’m still under the radar. The start of my junior season no one has really heard of me. Once teams see my film, hopefully have a good season, I would love to play in one of those games.”

 

“Right now I want to play early my sophomore year. Maybe redshirt my freshman year and hopefully get a good amount of playing time then. I’m also looking for a good school a place where I feel comfortable from talking to the players and coaches. ” Okuyemi said

 

Okuyemi said he will take his all his five visits after his senior year and the commit.

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It seems he got a very good impression from his visit, always a good thing. A good visit like this will hopefully stick in his head through out the process, maybe get him in for an official on a gameday to solidify it for him.

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I have been talking to a guy who does a bunch of Gopher stuff and he said if Minnesota doesn't get this guy Coach Brewster is going to have some people questioning his coaching future, especially being he was brought here because of his recruiting prowess. And if he can't land a local guy then what chance does he have on a national stage.

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I have been talking to a guy who does a bunch of Gopher stuff and he said if Minnesota doesn't get this guy Coach Brewster is going to have some people questioning his coaching future, especially being he was brought here because of his recruiting prowess. And if he can't land a local guy then what chance does he have on a national stage.

 

Really, Okuyemi is only locally since he moved there. He grew up and is originally from Kansas, IIRC.

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From Husker Journal:

 

APRIL 26, 2009. PREP STAR

TOBI OKUYEMI, DE, 6-3, 230, 4.7, PLYMOUTH (WAYZATA), MINNESOTA

 

"Nebraska said they are top heavy at defensive end, if I went there I would have a chance to play my sophomore year.” Okuyemi added

 

We're top heavy at Defensive End but it still doesn't mean that he can't play Defensive Tackle or possibly Linebacker.

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Top heavy is good for recruiting, it means we have a lot of upperclassmen.

Yes, lots of opportunities for DEs to step in and compete to play in a couple of years.

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From Husker Journal:

 

APRIL 26, 2009. PREP STAR

TOBI OKUYEMI, DE, 6-3, 230, 4.7, PLYMOUTH (WAYZATA), MINNESOTA

 

"Nebraska said they are top heavy at defensive end, if I went there I would have a chance to play my sophomore year.” Okuyemi added

 

We're top heavy at Defensive End but it still doesn't mean that he can't play Defensive Tackle or possibly Linebacker.

Meh, I am not sure at 230lbs he can put on 60-70lbs or that the staff would want him to. Moving inside seems a bit of a reach, but it has been done before. LB maybe, 4.7 is fairly fast.

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From Husker Journal:

 

APRIL 26, 2009. PREP STAR

TOBI OKUYEMI, DE, 6-3, 230, 4.7, PLYMOUTH (WAYZATA), MINNESOTA

 

"Nebraska said they are top heavy at defensive end, if I went there I would have a chance to play my sophomore year.” Okuyemi added

 

We're top heavy at Defensive End but it still doesn't mean that he can't play Defensive Tackle or possibly Linebacker.

Meh, I am not sure at 230lbs he can put on 60-70lbs or that the staff would want him to. Moving inside seems a bit of a reach, but it has been done before. LB maybe, 4.7 is fairly fast.

bump it up to a 4.8 or 4.9

 

that said he's still in a high school weight program let him get to a college and he'll more then likely speed up a bit.

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per Scout: Although defensive end Tobi Okuyemi still denies a leader, he favors Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska. “Those four stand out because I’ve already visited them,” Okuyemi he said. “This summer I’m planning on visiting Michigan State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt too. It’s going to be real hard to make a decision. They all have good things about them. I want to take all of my official visits...”

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was just bumped down to 5.5 per rivals. I still think he is amazing talent and would like to see him N. does anyone have any updates?

 

Edit found this on article Link. He is the 5th ranked uncommitted guy on Minnesota's board.

 

1. OT - Seantrel Henderson - ya, I'd love to get the #1 recruit in the country. I guess...if we have to take him

2. CB - Tyrone Bouie - love the way this kid tackles in his videos, I'd really like to see this Florida native choose Minnesota.

3. DT - Beau Allen - Minnetonka native and a top 5 player in the state.

4. WR - Kevin Johnson - teammate of Hasan Lipscomb last year in Houston. Johnson has commited to OK State but there is still time for him to come to his senes.

5. DE - Tobi Okuyemi - Wayzata native and athletic DE. May end up moving to OLB at this level but very good player.

6. WR - Toby Durham - teammate of Tyrone Bouie, three-star receiver

7. S - Isaiah Lewis - attends MarQueis Gray's old high school, the top 25 S has offers from nearly all B10 schools.

8. RB - Marcus Coker - Maryland back who was rumored to have committed but it was just a rumor

9. OLB - Kevin Kisserberth - there are not a ton of offers out there for LBs and this Klein, TX native is one still looking at us.

10. S - Gregory Barksdale

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attended this weekend's Junior Day

 

that's a good sign. hopefully we can get this guy N, because he probably has one of the most impressive DE films of the year.

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This guy is tough and a good football player. As I have stated, the team that I coach on opens up with his team. Watching him in tape he has the skills. I hope he will sign with the Huskers!!! It would be nice to get Henderson out of here as well.

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Being reported that he is going to visit ND this week, but they don't have an offer for him.

 

I don't know what ND has over these kids to make them line up for a team that recently underperforms, but to each their own.

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from ESPN: Defensive end Tobi Okuyemi (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) recently visited Notre Dame. The Irish have not offered to this point, but others have including Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kentucky. Like Henderson and Allen, Okuyemi does not seem close to selecting a college.

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Welcome, and I doubt this affects OO

 

I think it might. It's a numbers game. Racking up DLs and running out of scholarships.

 

You make room for OO!!! If you have to ask a lower recruit to grayshirt then that's what you have to do.

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Welcome, and I doubt this affects OO

 

I think it might. It's a numbers game. Racking up DLs and running out of scholarships.

 

You make room for OO!!! If you have to ask a lower recruit to grayshirt then that's what you have to do.

 

 

wow i wish every weekend would be like this

 

welcome Tobi!!!!

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Welcome, and I doubt this affects OO

 

I think it might. It's a numbers game. Racking up DLs and running out of scholarships.

 

I wouldn't be surprised though to see a few kids transfer in the off season (i.e. Will Henry, Okafor, and maybe a few others).

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I don't think any of those players need to move to LB. I assume Rome is going to play DT along with Guy while a have also heard or read that Ashburn could also move to DT. Okuyemi and Vestel could very well be the only d ends so far. Since Turner is a senior and Allen will be a senior next year and we only took one DE last year I think we need at least three DE's this year.

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I don't think any of those players need to move to LB. I assume Rome is going to play DT along with Guy while a have also heard or read that Ashburn could also move to DT. Okuyemi and Vestel could very well be the only d ends so far. Since Turner is a senior and Allen will be a senior next year and we only took one DE last year I think we need at least three DE's this year.

Ankrah may also move inside, who knows. Do we start to see more DE's at NU playing more in the 275-290 range vs. the 250-265 range? Maybe Ashburn, Ankrah, etc. won't move inside? Will be interesting and fun to see them all sort this out. Good problem to have.

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I don't think we will see DE that big as long as Pelini is here. He obviously likes a ton of speed on the field and they just don't make many 290 lbs DE that can move really well. Tyson Jackson was obviously pretty big but he was also the #3 overall pick in the draft. I think we will continue to see DE's in the 250-260 range, much like Allen, Turner, and Meredith.

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According to rivals got his in home visit yesterday. That's right, lock em up. I am really excited about our D-line in the future. I think we have two great ones in Okuyemi and Vestal. With Meredith, Williams and Ankrah we should be very good at D-end for the next few years. Now if we could only land Owa we would be Dy-no-mite.

 

Go Big Red!

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