Monday, March 25, 2013
QB Aboderin performs, awaits offers
By Sam Khan Jr.
HOUSTON -- When it comes to the offseason, Sugar Land (Texas) Fort Bend Austin quarterback Seun Aboderin is leaving no stones unturned.
Whenever he has the chance to compete, he's taking advantage of it.
He did so at the Houston Nike Football SPARQ Combine in February. On Sunday, he went out to the Next Level Athlete South Houston Video Showcase at Houston Kinkaid's Barnhart Stadium to see how he stacked up against the other quarterbacks.
Overall, the 2014 quarterback felt good about his day.
"I feel like I performed very well today," Aboderin said. "I feel like I threw the ball well. It'll come up on the film."
The 6-foot, 225-pound quarterback is awaiting his first offer but has plenty of interest from colleges. Rice has shown much interest lately and he recently attended one of their spring practices. Mississippi, UCLA, Wake Forest, SMU, North Texas and Texas State are also showing interest.
His recent trip to Rice was a positive one.
"Coach [Larry] Edmondson told me that I'm at the top of their list, quarterback-wise," Aboderin said. "He said they're going to offer three and they're down to about five right now and he just told me to keep it up in the classroom and keep him updated, keep calling him and keep going up there because they're just down the street.
"I spoke with Coach [David] Bailiff. He also said the same thing. It was just a good vibe down there. We'll see how things go."
Aboderin plans to continue competing when he attends the Elite 11 regional camp in Dallas next month and will stop by SMU while he's there. Aboderin, who will be a second-year varsity starter this fall, isn't stressing out too much about when the first offer will come.
"The whole offer thing, I just try not to think about it too much because that can kind of eat you alive, thinking about when you're going to get offered," Aboderin said. "I'm just trying to get better every day and stay focused in the classroom, No. 1."
Coaches say they like Aboderin's release and on Sunday he showed why. He had no problem delivering passes on time to receivers during one-on-one drills. He might not have prototype height, but he's not letting that hold him back.
"I just look at it this way -- if Russell Wilson can do it, Drew Brees can do it all these quarterbacks that are 6 feet or shorter, I'm 6 feet on the dot," Aboderin said. "I feel like if I can deliver the ball, height shouldn't be a problem. If a school only wants me based on height, then that's not where I want to go."