Top Missouri Football Recruit Alex Ofodile Commits to Oregon

3 years 3 weeks 6 days ago June 24, 2014 Jun 24, 2014 Tuesday, June 24 2014 Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:21:00 AM CDT in Sports
By: Mihir Bhagat, KOMU 8 Sports
loading

COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile, the No. 1 recruit in the state of Missouri and No. 42 overall in the country according to ESPN, has committed to the University of Oregon. 

"People think I'm there for the bells and whistles but it's not like that at all," Ofodile said. "The coaching staff and players made me feel super comfortable. And I'll be in the national championship hunt every year."

Ofodile had 29 Division 1 offers. He said his top five schools, in no particular order, were Oregon, Missouri, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Michigan State. Ofodile said he made his decision Tuesday night and has informed all of the coaches including Mizzou's Andy Hill Wednesday morning. Ofodile said it was the "toughest decision he's made in his life." 

"I loved Mizzou. I grew up a Mizzou fan. I just thought Oregon was the perfect fit for me. I thought that if I went to Mizzou it would be a really good fit. But I said it before, in order for me to get out of Columbia, I need to have the perfect fit. It's more why Oregon than why not Mizzou," Ofodile said. 

Ofodile said he realizes there may be a lot of backlash from Mizzou fans.

"I know they're a little disappointed but I think the true people that are closest to me will support me. They just have to know if they were in my position, they were going to do what's best for them and not the fan base. But they're not going to understand that. I don't blame them," Ofodile said.

Ofodile grew up just a few miles from Faurot Field. His dad, A.J. Ofodile, played at the University of Missouri from 1991-1993 and is currently the Rock Bridge head football coach. Coach Ofodile said he would have "loved for Alex to play for at Mizzou," but he let his son make the decision on his own and supports it 100 percent. 

"I think he's relieved," A.J. Ofodile said. "I think he's excited. Obviously as a dad, I'm really excited for him. I think he earned the right to make his own decision without interference from me or anyone else." 

Coach Ofodile said he found out about Alex's decision via a text message from a friend. 

"I got a text from a friend that said 'Congratulations on your son becoming a Duck,'" Ofodile said. "So I texted Alex and he told me 'Oh, I was going to tell you in the morning.' It's funny. I'm always the last to know. But that made me feel better because I knew it was his decision. I was fearful that I would taint it one way or another," A.J. Ofodile said.

Ofodile is the last of the three prospects from Missouri to be ranked on ESPN 300 to commit. Lee's Summitt High School quarterback Drew Lock committed to Mizzou, while Helias High School tight end Hale Hentges has committed to Alabama. Lock tried to convince Ofodile to join him in the black and gold. 

Ofodile said he plans to enroll at Oregon early, but for right now he's just focused on bringing the Bruins back to the [Edward Jones] Dome next season. The Rock Bridge wide receiver is entering his senior season with the Bruins. They are coming off the school's first trip to the State Championship Game in 20 years. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Fifty-eight law enforcement agencies across Missouri are cracking down on speeding from Friday to Sunday. They will stop... More >>
8 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 7:18:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A mural that represents a bright future from a troubled past will be painted this summer on the... More >>
9 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:47:34 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Show Me States Games began officially with a torch run ending at Shelter Insurance in Columbia. ... More >>
10 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:37:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult on Friday, July... More >>
10 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Higher Education awarded 18 Missouri colleges and universities with their Default Prevention Grant for... More >>
11 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:15:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri River Regional Library is now renting out Wi-Fi hotspots. The hotspots fit in the palm of... More >>
11 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:09:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
BOONVILLE - Prosecutors have charged Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf with stealing and receiving stolen property after he allegedly bought... More >>
11 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Accidental drowning has been ruled the cause of death for two teens who jumped from a bridge... More >>
12 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:35:31 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A water main break is causing problems for several businesses and commercial buildings in downtown St.... More >>
12 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:22:09 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The city manager proposed a budget Friday morning that include cuts due do to low sales tax growth.... More >>
12 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:22:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Greene County judge has ruled that six Springfield massage parlors cannot engage in prostitution-related activities for... More >>
13 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 2:37:17 PM CDT in News
WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday shortly after President Donald Trump decided to name a new... More >>
15 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 12:38:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police detectives arrested a third person Thursday in relation to a home invasion robbery July 2. Taffny... More >>
15 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 12:33:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with fatally stabbing a homeless man in the... More >>
15 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 12:10:05 PM CDT in News
Boone County, Mo. - The Boone County sheriff's deputies said that deputies are actively seeking Rodney J. Klobnak on suspicion... More >>
16 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 11:08:00 AM CDT in News
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say one of the victims of a triple shooting at a St. Joseph apartment... More >>
17 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 10:22:48 AM CDT in News
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A woman is suing the H&M clothing chain and a former security officer who is accused... More >>
18 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 9:28:06 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a St. Louis officer has fatally shot a man who pointed a gun after... More >>
18 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 8:47:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
4am 81°
5am 80°
6am 80°
7am 79°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00a
Mad Money
4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
4:30a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld