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Odighizuwa has followed a winding path

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Portland, Ore./David Douglas) has lived on another continent for nearly one-third of his life and has been a resident of two other states before settling in Oregon, where he has become one of the most-sought-after 2010 prospects on the West Coast.

Odighizuwa spent five years of his childhood in Nigeria and lived in Ohio and Virginia before Portland. He's quiet but cultured, and there is a curiosity about "Owa," as most call him.

"My dad took us to Nigeria to live when I was younger, and we stayed there for a while," he said. "It was definitely different."

This bodes well because Owa is the epitome of a national recruit. Florida, California, Southern California, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, LSU and Washington all have offered scholarships to the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end.

The schools he seems most likely to attend, California and Florida, are on opposite ends of the country. The Golden Bears are strong because of the relationship Odighizuwa has built with defensive-line coach and area recruiter Tosh Lupoi, a former Cal player who is quickly earning a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country.

"He's really one of the main reasons that I like Cal," Odighizuwa said. "When I went down there for my visit, I really enjoyed meeting him and talking with him. He played, so he can relate to what you are going through as a student-athlete."

Florida is an intriguing possibility as well. The Gators' 2008 national championship, along with the coaching staff, have Odighizuwa impressed enough to want to take the long flight for an official visit. He plans to do so this season and is excited to watch his first game in The Swamp.

"I am definitely going over for a game," he said. "I just don't know which one yet. My mom supports me if I want to go that far away from home."

Owa is looking for specific things in a college program. The relationship between coach and player is paramount, which is probably why he likes the Gators and Bears. Florida coach Urban Meyer and his staff use a very personal philosophy when recruiting and use relationship building as a sales pitch as much as they do their bulging trophy case. As for Lupoi, recruits from all over the country have commented on his ability to relate to players.

As for Owa's current school, David Douglas is one of the largest high schools in Oregon, and he has one goal for his team this year.

"I just want to go out and win state."

The leaderboard

Assuming the verbal commitments in this year's class sign with the schools to which they have committed, Florida has signed more Elite 11 quarterbacks than any other program in the country since the event's inception in 1999. Georgia is second with seven, and the Bulldogs signed two in last year's class.

If Southern California gets a commitment from Under Armour All-American Jesse Scroggins (Lakewood, Calif.) later this week, the Trojans will move out of a third-place tie with California and into a second-place tie with the Bulldogs.

Let's look at the lists for the Gators, Dawgs and Trojans and see which school did the best job developing those quarterbacks. Keep in mind, these are only players the schools ended up signing.

Florida
Brock Berlin: Left the program
Ingle Martin: Left the program
Gavin Dickey: Two-sport star did not play much quarterback
Chris Leak: Four-year starter won a national title his senior year
Justin Midgett: Left the program
Cornelius Ingram: Became a standout tight end
Tim Tebow: 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, a part of two national title teams (one as the starter)
John Brantley: Current heir apparent to Tebow.

Georgia
D.J. Shockley: Plays in the NFL; had brilliant senior season
A.J. Bryant: Played receiver at UGA
Joe Cox: Slated to be the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs this season
Matthew Stafford: No. 1 draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2009
Logan Gray: Current UGA backup
Zach Mettenberger: Tall freshman pocket passer with a bright future
Aaron Murray: Freshman who could see the field this year

USC
Matt Cassel: Current starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Leinart: Arizona Cardinals backup
Billy Hart: Played pro baseball
John David Booty: Two-year starter, currently on Minnesota Vikings' roster
Mark Sanchez: No. 5 draft pick of New York Jets in 2009
Aaron Corp: Slated to be the starter in 2009

The Trojans certainly have the highest percentage of guys who pan out. And currently on the roster are Matt Barkley, the top Class of 2009 prospect in the country who did not attend the Elite 11 camp, and Mitch Mustain, an Elite 11 selection who originally signed with Arkansas.

Still, it's hard to argue against groups that include Tebow or Stafford. Bottom line: All three schools have had and continue to have the depth at quarterback that most programs only dream of.

The hot sell: Georgia

Georgia has been the hot sell before, perhaps as much as any other team in the country, but Mark Richt & Co. continue to add talented players. On Tuesday, Georgia got a pledge from speedster Nickell Robey (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof). Robey potentially will be the second player whom the Bulldogs have signed out of that high school, joining ESPNU 150 member and Under Armour All-American selection Carlton Thomas from the Class of 2008.

Coast-to-coast notes

Brunetti says he's solid
Should Tennessee not land Scroggins (and the Vols are not expected to), there is speculation they will turn the heat up on current West Virginia commit Barry Brunetti (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School).

Brunetti says thanks, but no thanks.

"Like I said, I am solid," he said. "I am 100 percent. Tennessee had their chance to recruit me. I am solid. I am going to West Virginia. Tennessee offered me. They offered me a month and a half ago. When I committed, they offered me the day after I committed.

"I am solid. I am a Mountaineer."

This isn't the first time we have seen an Elite 11 quarterback with these two schools in play. In the Class of 2009, Tajh Boyd was committed to West Virginia, then switched to Tennessee before ultimately signing with Clemson after the Vols backed off following the hiring of Lane Kiffin.

Close to being a Cane?
It could be only a matter of time before Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Torrian Wilson (Miami/Northwestern) makes a decision, and the hometown Hurricanes look to be the clear team to beat. Michigan is another school to watch here, and Stanford is in the mix to a certain extent, but it would be a big surprise if he did not end up at Miami.

Short stuff
• Landing Under Armour All-American defensive end Corey Miller (Duncan, S.C./James F. Byrnes) gives Florida State the clear inside track to his teammate, Brandon Willis. It also could be just a matter of time before the Noles close in on wide receiver Kenny Shaw (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), Under Armour All-American linebacker/defensive end Christian Jones (Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell) and jumbo athlete Tank Sessions (Decatur, Ga./Columbia).

• Class of 2011 cornerback Nick Waisome made an unofficial visit to Florida earlier this week and met with Meyer for an hour. Waisome will be back Friday for Florida's Friday Night Lights camp and could pick up a verbal offer there.

• Offensive lineman Jake Matthews (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) has a top two of USC and Texas A&M, and the Aggies are confident. Matthews has commented several times about distance being a factor in his decision, so their confidence makes sense. He would be another stellar pickup for A&M if it comes to pass.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.