Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. The play call here fits both an April Fool’s Day edition of the blog and a good name to know in 4-star Texas OL target Akinola Ogunbiyi.
Let’s start with an Intel mini-game. Which one of these statements does NOT apply to 4-star Texas 4-star OL prospect Akinola Ogunbiyi?
a) Has an 80-plus inch wingspan
b) Considers Georgia to be one of his top schools with local heavyweights like LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M even though he’s yet to visit Athens.
c) Was at one time committed to Texas A&M despite just starting to play football in 2016. He did not play any sports until his freshman year of high school.
d) Cites two favorite songs: “Escape” by Rupert Holmes and “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede.
e) Doesn’t have any pass protection film clips on his tape because his school threw the ball maybe three times last fall.
f) His first name has a silent “n” as in “Ah-Key-Ola” and his last name is “Oh-Gun-Bee” …. if your name is Brandon Adams and you host a show called “DawgNation Daily” for DawgNation.com.
g) Was born in America but has also lived in Chicago, London and Nigeria as a youth.
There is not an April Fool’s joke built into that pop quiz. Don’t sweat it. Every one of those statements applies to Mr. Ogunbiyi.
What will it take for Sam Pittman to get Ogunbiyi in red and black? Please kindly read on as we delve into the story behind the nation’s No. 12 OG prospect (per the 247Sports composite) for 2020.
“I think the biggest thing I like about Georgia is coach Pittman,” he said. “I want to play with a coach that I can laugh with but then at the same time knows when it is time to get serious. But then he’s not always serious. You know what I mean?”
Ogunbiyi recently placed Georgia among his top 6 schools. He will also be in Athens on April 6.
That is no joke, either.
Akinola Ogunbiyi: His team did throw three passes in 2018
As tempted as we are to start this passage off with the “The Pina Colada Song” from Holmes, there is an even more unusual football matter to attend to.
Yes, his Kempner High (Sugar Land, Tex.) did throw approximately three passes in 2018.
“I’ve never pass blocked in a game,” he said. “Have you watched my highlights? All we do is run. We really, I think, threw three passes last year.”
I guess that means the “Spread” offense has yet to spread across Texas yet. Ogunbiyi even said their pass sets look like the blockers are set for the run. They just take a step to the side and open up.
Georgia has sent a number of edits to Ogunbiyi. He said the Bulldogs and Oklahoma recruit him harder than any other school. (Akinola Ogunbiyi/Twitter)
“I’ve never done [pass protection] in pads,” he said. “Because we don’t do that at my school at all. I only do pass pro in camps. I feel like in pads that I would be better.”
His running back last season ran for close to 2,000 yards in 2018. They ran a nice pull play behind Ogunbiyi. He said that is his favorite thing to do on a football field.
That said, he thinks he’s better at pass protection.
He’s looking for the school that has a track record for developing offensive linemen. That seems natural given he’s only been playing football since his freshman year.
The timing of this visit makes a lot of sense. For both UGA and for Ogunbiyi.
“I’m taking my official [to Oklahoma] the weekend after I go to Georgia,” Ogunbiyi said. “So they [the UGA staff] want me coming to Georgia first because they think I am going to commit to Oklahoma.”
If that unofficial visit to UGA goes well, then it will provide a few reasons to not feel compelled to commit to the Sooners on the following weekend. (That’s the same weekend recent UGA visitor Sedrick Van Pran plans his official to Oklahoma, too.)