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Thursday, March 28, 2013
LB Alaka has top four, but two have edge

By Max Olson

The plans just keep changing for Otaro Alaka. Blame all the other schools trying to make a move for the Houston Cypress Falls outside linebacker.

Alaka hoped to make a decision by the end of March. Now it’s likely going to come in late April or early May, after Alaka takes at least three more visits.

He’ll be at Texas for this weekend’s spring game. Then he said he'll visit Texas A&M on April 5 and LSU on April 12.

Otaro Alaka
Class of 2014 linebacker Otaro Alaka has a top four of Texas, Texas A&M, LSU and Florida State.
“Initially, you know, the decision I was looking at making was in the end of March, but that’s when it was just Texas and Texas A&M,” Alaka said. “But then LSU offered and now Florida State has offered.”

That offer came from new assistant and former Texas recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster. Alaka said it’s possible he could eventually visit FSU, but that wouldn’t happen until the summer at the earliest.

That might not happen, of course, because Alaka is hoping to wrap up his recruitment before Cy Falls starts spring football on April 22. Still, the new offers have given him a lot to think about.

LSU offered on the same day Texas did, right after Alaka’s junior day visit in Austin, and he got a chance to catch up with Les Miles recently.

“He’s the one who wanted me to get up there for the 12th,” Alaka said. “They wanted me to come last weekend, but I couldn’t do that. Everybody says that LSU’s campus is beautiful and pretty cool, so I’m looking forward to it.”

His visit for Texas’ spring game this weekend is an important one, because Alaka is bringing his father along. Femi Alaka was out of the country and unable to attend Texas junior day, and his input is critical in the junior linebacker’s decision.

“It’s pretty big, since he hasn’t seen either Texas or Texas A&M,” Alaka said. “I just want my dad to see the place and meet the coaches and see what he thinks about it.”

Right now, Alaka says he has a legitimate top four now that FSU and LSU are in the mix. But Texas and A&M are still on top of that list, though the Longhorns no longer have a clear edge. The Aggies send much more mail, Alaka said, and their coaches have closed the gap.

“I really just want to narrow it down,” he said. “Texas and Texas A&M are pretty much still my top two. They’re pretty much equal. I’m not looking for anybody else.”