Cyclones See Odeyingbo on Defense

Cyclones See Odeyingbo on Defense

With over 10 offers to his name, Irving's Dare Odeyingbo has a busy summer ahead. The Cyclones jumped into the mix officially on Wednesday. Head inside as Odeyingbo discusses how he'd fit in at Iowa State

At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds and quick of foot, Dare Odeyingbo could fit a number of positions for prospective teams — running back, linebacker, defensive end, h-back.

For Iowa State, which offered the 2015 Cistercian Prep (TX) athlete Wednesday, Odeyingbo's home would be on defense.

"They see me on the defensive side as like a linebacker or d-end, a hybrid linebacker," he told AllCyclones.com "I feel like I'd bring athleticism to the position and work ethic, willingness to complete."

Odeyingbo has known about Iowa State's offer for a few weeks, thanks to his high school coach, but it was made official Wednesday by a phone call from Paul Rhoads.

Defensive ends coach Stan Eggen saw Odeyingbo during the spring evaluation period.

"[Eggen] seemed like a real fun guy to play for," Odeyingbo said.

A running back for Irving Cistercian, Odeyingbo gained 1,784 yards rushing and scored 20 touchdowns in 10 games for the Hawks in 2013; Scout.com ranks him as the No. 52 player at the position.

"He has a knack for delivering punishing blows and leaving would be tacklers in his wake on the way to the endzone," Midlands analyst Greg Powers says of Odeyingbo. "His strength is very valuable around the goal line. Its hard to project exactly what position suits him best in college at this point — RB, LB, DE and FB could all be in the mix. A hard-nosed player with tremendous size, frame and athletic ability."

Odeyingbo has offers from Air Force, Boston College, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas Tech and Wisconsin and will use the upcoming summer to trim his list.

"We're gonna make visits but you can't visit all the schools," he said.

There are no favorites at the time and no visits set in stone. Odeyingbo, who'd like to study biology, says academics will factor heavily into his decision.

"[I want] accountability from the coaches to help me graduate as much as they'll help me succeed on the field," he said.

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