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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Emerging LB Otaro Alaka on Aggies' radar

By Sam Khan Jr.

One of many 2014 prospects who were present at Kyle Field when Texas A&M took on LSU last week was Houston Cypress Falls outside linebacker Otaro Alaka.

The 6-foot-3, 196-pound Alaka has been picking up momentum in recruiting this fall. He recently added offers from Mississippi and Northwestern to add to offers he already had from Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Several other in-state schools are showing interest in Alaka, including Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

Saturday's big game was his first Aggieland experience.

"The atmosphere was pretty cool and the stadium was pretty loud," Alaka said. "The fans were pretty loud too."

Texas A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt has reached out to Alaka.

"We've just been talking on Facebook, really," Alaka said. "He seems like a pretty good guy and a good coach."

So far, he has been surprised by the success that he has seen from the Aggies on the field.

"I thought they should have won that game," Alaka said. "The defense looked pretty good. They're a good team. I didn't really expect that they'd be this good in the SEC. It kind of shocked me."

At Cypress Falls, Alaka and Co. are humming along at 6-1 with three games remaining before the postseason. Alaka said he hasn't decided on plans for other games yet, though he probably will select others before the season wraps up.