Texas RB Ozigbo flips to Nebraska
Nebraska has been searching for their lone running back in its 2015 recruiting class since the decommitment of Kendall Bussey.
The Huskers found their man today as an offer to Iowa State commit Devine Ozigbo of Sachse, Texas quickly led to a commit. Ozigbo may have just received his offer today, but said he's been recruited by NU assistant coach Charlton Waren for quite a while now which played a role in how quickly he jumped on the opportunity to play at Nebraska.
"(Nebraska) offered today and I have committed," Ozigbo said. "I found out about the offer just hours ago. They started talking with me pretty seriously over the last two weeks, they asked for my transcripts and my SAT scores, and today they asked me for my head coach's number. So when I got that (direct message) I thought, 'ok something should be happening here' then they called me and I talked to Coach Warren and to (running backs) Coach Reggie Davis and they said they wanted to offer me a full scholarship."
Despite being committed to Iowa State, Ozigbo felt like playing at Nebraska was too good of an opportunity to pass up. He had a newfound relationship with Warren, felt comfortable with the research he had done and knew NU only had room for one running back in this class so he wasted no time in flipping to the Huskers.
"As soon as I got that first (direct message) from them I started doing my research," Ozigbo said. "I was committed to Iowa State and I was happy, but when Nebraska comes you know it opens your eyes. You've got to do your research and as I did that I loved everything about it.
"When they offered me I asked them if I needed to visit before I could commit because I had been doing my research and I had been talking with Coach Warren for a while and I got pretty comfortable with him and felt good about the school. They told me I could commit right now and I'd be the one guy they take (at running back). So I (committed) because it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.
"I don't know how this is going to sound but (Nebraska) had a lot of the same opportunities that ISU presented me with, but the University of Nebraska has that tradition and jus that rich culture of football. You know, when you think of Nebraska their football is the first thing that you think of and I'll be playing with some of the other best recruits in the nation against some of the best recruits in the country in the Big Ten Conference.
"It all just seemed like a great fit so I just decided to pull the trigger."
Ozigbo said he currently measures in at just over 5-foot-11, and weighs 220-pounds and has a skill set that didn't necessarily fit their old offense. However, in Nebraska's new offense he'll have the opportunity to be an every down back.
"Coach Warren told me the way the old offense was set up they were looking for more of a shorter scat back," Ozigbo said. "With the new offense, I'm the type of guy that they want and need so that's why they offered me.
"I'm categorized as a big back because of my size, but I feel like making moves is something that I do very well. The first man won't tackle me in the open field because I can make a move. One thing that I really like about myself is the way I catch the ball out of the backfield. I catch well and run good routes.
"I feel like I can be an every down back because I'm big and fast enough to be in on first and second down and I can catch and block well enough to be in on third down as well. So being a bigger back that can do that and still break away when the opportunity comes is something that I can bring."
Including Nebraska, Ozigbo had collected well over 20 offers. He gives the Huskers 14 commits for 2015 and will take his official visit on January 23.
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