OU Is Up There For Irokansi

DE Victor Irokansi

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with Victor Irokansi, 2012 defensive end prospect out of Hendrickson HS in Pflugerville (TX). Irokansi, who is getting looks from all over attended the Sooners first junior day that was held back in December. Check below to see what he had to say.

Victor Irokansi, whose parents were born in Nigeria and then moved to Arlington where he was born attended Oklahoma's junior day back in December along with two other defensive end prospects, one being a commitment to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

"It was me and the other two guys they are recruiting at end, Devonte Fields and Dalton Santos who actually plays linebacker but they are recruiting him as an end," Irokansi said.

All three prospects got a chance to talk a bit with defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright who is back coaching ends after coaching the secondary over the past few years.

"He told us that we are the top three ends he's looking at right now," Irokansi explained. "He hasn't offered anybody in the 2012 class at defensive end. Right now we are the top three guys he's looking at. That's about it."

Like most of the other prospects in attendance, Irokansi who currently stands at 6-foot-3 and 222-pounds got his chance to sit down with Coach Stoops while eating lunch with his family.

"I actually did," Irokansi answered when asked if he got a chance to talk with Coach Stoops. "It was me, Coach Wright, Coach Stoops, that running back from Norman High (Donovan Roberts) and my parents we all ate together so I had a chance to sit down with him. He was a nice guy to sit down and talk to and it was good to actually meet him."

When living in a small town and leaving home for college some prospects want to head to a big city to have fun, branch out and get away from the small town feel and atmosphere. While some prospects like to move on to somewhere that feels the same.

For Irokansi, he liked Norman because it reminds him of his small town of Pflugerville.

"It was nice. It actually felt like where I'm at right now, Pflugerville, kind of a small town, big university. Of course with the elite program they had nice facilities. So it was really nice I could see myself there."

Schools from all over the country are noticing Irokansi including most of the Big 12.

"The entire Big 12 excluding Texas and Baylor," Irokansi said of who is looking at him currently. "A couple of out of state schools like UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Georgia sent me a questionnaire, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Minnesota. And some other schools up north that are recruiting me. There are some more that I'm leaving out but that's pretty much the jest of it."

At the moment Irokansi is only sure of one school that is up there on his list.

"Not right now actually. OU is definitely up there but outside of them I'm not sure exactly," Irokansi said.

Environment, facilities and all that usually plays into a prospects decision including coaches. Irokansi on the other hand says he won't be looking at coaches because they can leave at any moment for somewhere else.

"You know watching college football now you can't make any decisions based on any coaches because that's what people do. You might be recruited by this coach today but he might go get a job somewhere else. So I don't look at coaches when it comes to my decision I'm going to look at the actual university and what it has to offer."

Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated as we follow Irokansi throughout his recruitment.

Scout.com Recruiting Manager Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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