Dare Odeyingbo, DT, Vanderbilt

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 282 | Number: 34 | Class: 2019 (SR) | Hometown: Irving, TX | High School: Cistercian Prep High School | Birthdate: November 25, 1996 | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors | Trainer: 615 Sports Training | Twitter: @odangbro

OVERVIEW: Played defensive tackle in the Commodores 4-3 base defense but could project as a 3-4 defensive end at the next level. Will need some seasoning and further development but shows many positive traits for coaches to work with and groom as a valuable rotational player, especially in a hybrid defensive scheme.

PROS: Possesses a thick, wide upper body build, utilizing his strength, especially when walking back his blockers and showing the get off to make a play. Also shows stout lower body strength, able to hold his ground well one-on-one in the trenches and demonstrates short area movement skills. Served as team captain for numerous games as a senior.

CONS: An aggressive player who does a nice job fending off blocks and disengaging but would like to see him be a more ferocious finisher, should have had more tackles. Isn’t going to light up the stat sheet with sacks or tackles for loss but understands his gap assignments.

COMPARISON: Sebastian Joseph, St. Louis Rams – Able to eat space, hold his gap assignments and could be viewed as a long-term versatile defensive line rotational piece.

PERSONAL: Oluwadamilare Odeyingbo (Pronounced Dar-A oh-DANG-bow). Son of Gary and Betty Odeyingbo, has a younger brother, Dayo, who also plays at Vanderbilt. Born in New York. Parents are natives of Nigeria. Dad works as software consultant; mom is a nurse practitioner. An avid soccer fan.

CAREER: Odeyingbo started all 12 games in 2018, totaling 24 tackles (11 solo), one interception, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry, one fumble recovery and a half tackle for loss. In 2017, he started 11 of 12 games played, with 36 tackles (23 solo), 23 unassisted stops, four hurries two defensed passes and a forced fumble. In 2016, he played in all 13 games (three starts), finishing with 21 tackles (10 solo), four tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Participated in eight games as a true freshman in 2015, seeing action on special teams and as a defensive end, totaling a pair of tackles, including a tackle for loss, all coming in the Commodores’ win over Austin Peay.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-year captain for Dallas-Fort Worth metro area private school. Started all four years at running back, also started at defensive end and linebacker during junior and season seasons. Two-time Texas-Oklahoma Private School All-State and All-Area recipient. As senior, rushed for 1,178 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 1,791 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior. Amassed 5,456 rushing yards and 74 total touchdowns during four-year varsity career. Helped squad to state playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. Also earned letters in basketball and track & field. National Merit Semifinalist.

Author: Rick Serritella

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