Juco LB Orisakwe talks ODU visit


Junior college outside linebacker Steve Orisakwe (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) took his first official visit to Old Dominion and returned Sunday to Texas with an idea of what he wanted in a rising college football program.

Old Dominion, which played at the FCS level this past season, will play two seasons as an FBS independent beginning next season, then move to Conference USA for football in 2015. While Orisakwe wouldn’t be around for Conference USA play, he would be around to help the Monarchs establish themselves as an FBS competitor. The team was 11-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs this season.

“It was a pretty good trip. I enjoyed myself,” Orisakwe said of the campus and the city of Norfolk, Va. “I was impressed with the facilities and the stadium. The coaching squad was fun to be around. They all seemed young and energetic. That’s the stuff somebody likes and looks for when you’re looking to make a program your home.

“That’s huge, because everybody wants to be FBS. Everybody wants the chance to play bowl games and even be on a video game. That’s a big factor.”

Expected to be a midyear transfer, Orisakwe will be making a decision soon. Wednesday is the first day a midyear transfer can sign, but Orisakwe said he is still considering taking an official visit to Grambling State.

“I’m still open for anyone who calls,” he said.

Orisakwe not only helped Navarro win back-to-back C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl titles but also contributed this year to the Bulldogs winning its third consecutive Southwest Junior College Football Conference titles. He had 45 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups this season, as Navarro finished 10-2 and ranked No. 4 in the final NJCAA poll.