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Wayzata, a Minneapolis suburb, reached the state quarterfinals last fall after winning a state championship in 5A (the state’s largest class) a season ago. Okuyemi grew up in Kansas after his parents came to the U.S. from Nigeria. Started as a wide receiver, then moved to linebacker and eventually defensive line as he grew.
“Tobi is an explosive player who disrupts offenses through his play. Tobi has become a dominant player at his position despite playing there only two years. Tobi’s potential is very high due to his athletic ability.” — Wayzata coach Brad Anderson
He picked NU over offers from Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and homestate Minnesota. Okuyemi was one of three commitments NU got the day after a 10-3 win over Oklahoma in November. “I had a feeling I wanted to be a Cornhusker since the moment I went to the spring game. But that was crazy,” he said after his commitment. “It was a great game. The atmosphere was the loudest college football game I’ve ever been to. That got me excited.” Part of a defense that gave up only 11 touchdowns over a two-year span, he racked up 61 tackles — including 15 for losses — on the season. The Minneapolis Star Tribune named him to both the preseason Metro Dream Team and the 2010 Super Prep team, a collection of the top six players from the state based on college potential. That list also included offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, ranked the No. 2 recruit in the country by Rivals.com.
Think Pierre Allen minus a couple of inches. On tape, Okuyemi resembles that same kind of athlete — benches 280 pounds, 35-inch vertical, 4.7 second 40. He’s also a standout on the basketball court, just like Allen was. Combination run stopper and pass rusher, he should fit well into NU’s philosophy. His physical maturity will go a long way in getting him any possible early playing time.