January 29, 2012
Ogbah Enjoys His Visit
The Houston Cougars brought in some big prospects on the final weekend of official visits before Wednesday's signing day. Since head coach Tony Levine took the program over he has made it clear that the staff's mindset as far as recruiting would be to go after the best and to build a wall around the city of Houston.
One of the players that took the opportunity to visit Houston this weekend and falls into both of those categories is Richmond (TX) Bush defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah who has been verbally committed to Oklahoma State since September.
For Ogbah the most important thing for him is an opportunity to get better and to be able to get to the professional level.
"My goal is to make it to the next level, so I want to make sure I go to a school that can help me accomplish that goal," said the 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end. "They told me some things this weekend that makes me believe I could do that here but I also have had a dream of playing in the Big 12 since I was a freshman."
With most visits to schools a staff likes to pair players up with hosts for the weekend that they might have things in common with and this weekend was no different for Ogbah and the Cougars.
"My host for the weekend was (freshman defensive tackle) Joey Mbu," said the rivals three star prospect. "I kind of knew him already, he coached at my church before and I have seen him before but he was a good guy."
During his time with the staff and players Ogbah heard enough about what Houston is working towards to at least cause him to give it some serious thought and to seek out the guidance of those around him.
"Well, right now I am thinking about it," he said. "I guess I have two days to decide and I am going to sit down with my family to talk about it."
"Houston made some very good points this weekend," he added. "Yes sir, they are an option for me. I just want to sit down and talk to my family some about it."
The obvious battle Houston will face is stacking up to the tremendous facilities that Oklahoma State has to offer players. Something Ogbah acknowledged but also hinted at not being his deciding factor.
"Well to be honest Oklahoma State is great they have the nicest things up there," he said. "On the other hand there is a lot of new stuff happening over here at Houston. This year they accomplished a lot and they are a young and up and coming team."
Verbal commitments are non-binding until Wednesday morning when recruits can sign a letter of intent with the school of their choice.
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