It wasn't too long ago that Nela Otukolo was working to receive his first offer to play college football. Today, the Bishop Gorman linebacker is rapidly approaching double digit offers.
"Today I picked up my 8th offer from Montana State," Otukolo claimed. "This has been a crazy journey, and I just feel so blessed. It's really good to finally see all my hard work starting to pay off, but this is just the beginning. All these offers are adding more fuel to my fire. My parents, Aunt Shelly, and Uncle Ray have pushed me over the years to be the best me and all their love, support, and guidance has led me to my dreams."
Otukolo currently has offers from Hawaii, Villanova, Northern Arizona, Kent State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Montana State, and UTEP. The majority of his offers have come in the last two weeks. The Vegas linebacker thinks more offers could be on the way.
"Right now I am in the process of learning about all the schools that have offered me," Otukolo explained. "I am so grateful to the coaches that are recruiting me and have offered. I owe it to them to invest time in studying up on their programs and universities. I am looking for the right fit educationally and obviously on the football field as well. I am also hearing a lot from California, Washington, Arizona State, Missouri, Duke, BYU, Oklahoma State, and a few others. I think some of those schools may pull the trigger at some point. I am camping with OK State in a few weeks, and really hope they extend an offer."
"I wouldn't say I have a dream school or anything like that, but I am really interested in BYU, Duke, and Oklahoma State. They have been recruiting me pretty hard and I think those schools could be a good fit for me on and off the field."
Otukolo is a throwback linebacker. He plays like he is straight out of the 80's, playing with reckless abandon on every play.
"My style of play is simple, it's all about physicality," Otukolo claimed. "I am a physical dude, so the game of football is perfect for me. I play like my hair on fire. I am going to fly around the field from the first whistle until the last, and I really challenge myself to never take a play off."
Otukolo's passion for the game is contagious, and he should emerge as one of Bishop Gorman's leaders in 2014.
"Leading is a focal point for me this year," Otukolo stated. "I need to become the leader of our defense. I want to be the best linebacker in the state, and I want to inspire my teammates and make them better."
Otukolo works as hard in the classroom as he does on the field. He currently has a 3.0 GPA and is working to improve that his senior year.
"Education will be a big deciding point for me," Otukolo explained. "I know that at the end of the day, no matter how far I go with football, someday it will come to an end. I need something to fall back on, and that is where my education and degree come into play. Education is every bit as important as football is to me."
Otukolo's stock may be rising faster than anyone else in Nevada. He is a prospect worth monitoring closely.