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2016 National Signing Day: Five-star defensive end signs with the Trojans

Betiku has only been playing football since November 2013 when he moved from Nigeria to the U.S.

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Oluwole Betiku

  • Defensive End
  • Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)
  • Ht: 6'4" / Wt: 239

Nigeria is primarily known as a soccer country with fewer than 30 NFL players that have identified themselves with Nigerian descent. Oluwole Betiku has only been playing football for a little over two years since he moved from Nigeria and has remarkably transformed himself from someone that didn't know how to play football, to one of the best prospects in the Class of 2016.

After originally committing to UCLA, Betiku de-committed from the Bruins in November and USC was instantly named the favorite to land the defensive end. Betiku gave USC coaches and fans a great Christmas gift when he committed to the Trojans on December 25th.

Betiku is ranked as the #3 defensive end in this year's class according to Scout and he had a great 2015 campaign with 70 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, and 17 sacks. Betiku's instincts are off the charts and as a rush edge, Betiku has been clocked at 4.57 for the 40-yard dash.

USC lost four defensive lineman in the offseason to graduation and Betiku could start as a Trojan from day one.

Here is his highlight tape from his junior year from Hudl (Hint: It's eye-popping)