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February 2, 2014

Landstown's Obasuyi Picks Pirates

Landstown High School was unable to make the playoffs this past season in football, but the Eagles every year churn out a number of prospects for the next level. Among them in the Class of 2014 is 6-foot-5, 250-pound lineman Owen Obasuyi.

With National Signing Day less than a week away, Obasuyi decided to end the recruiting process and give a verbal commitment to play his College Football for the nearby Hampton University Pirates under new Head Coach Connell Maynor.

The Tidewater talent drew interest from East Carolina, Elon, Howard, James Madison, Liberty, Maine, Old Dominion, Richmond, Temple and Towson. In the end, he didn't want to go far from home.

"The reason I chose to go to Hampton is because it's close for my mother, sister, brother and my little nephew to get to my games," Obasuyi told VirginiaPreps.com. "I formed a great bond with the new coaches and they made me feel like I was already apart of the family. Also, their academics are outstanding and will prepare me for my life after college."

For the Eagles, Obasuyi played a key role in the trenches both offensively and defensively. Where will he line up at in the MEAC?

"They're looking for me to play defensive end," he answered. "They told me they loved my athleticism and how explosive I am off the ball."

During his senior season with the Eagles, Obasuyi finished with just over 100 tackles, nearly 20 sacks and forced six turnovers. He was named First Team All-Beach District and Second Team All-Tidewater at defensive end.

Obasuyi, who clocked in a 4.9-40 and squats 385, also earned Second Team All-Beach District recognition at offensive tackle. As a junior, he was chosen Second Team All-Beach on the defensive side of the ball.

"What I believe is the strength of my game is my hunger to get to the quarterback, my speed and my agility from playing basketball along with my aggression," Obasuyi commented. "Being in the weight room has helped e a lot. But as I reach the next level, I am going to have to get stronger, faster and take my skill past what it is now."

Coach Maynor previously coached at Winston-Salem State University, helping make the Rams a title contender at the Division II level. He replaces Donovan Rose, who went 25-30 in five seasons at the helm at Hampton University. The Pirates haven't won more than six games since finishing 10-2 overall in 2006 under Joe Taylor.

Jumping in under a new coaching staff, a chance for early playing time is a distinct possibility for Obasuyi. What can Pirates fans look for from the Virginia Beach product?

"They're going to see me perform to be the best of my abilities, will see a hard worker and a beast," he said.

In college, Obasuyi plans to major in business and marketing. His Landstown teammate, linebacker Isaiah Martin, recently announced he will play his College Football at Bluefield.

Matthew Hatfield has covered football and basketball since 2004 for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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