Players who just start playing football shouldn’t be this good this fast, but Oluwole Betiku is the exception to the rule. He is a physically gifted athlete that is built to be a defensive lineman.
He may already be the top prospect on the west coast and it wouldn’t shock me to see him ultimately end up right up near the top as a top ten player in the nation if he continues to improve at this incredible pace.
Betiku is a put together individual. He looks like he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him and yet has the frame to add plenty of more weight. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get up to over 270 at the next level.
He flashes explosive movement and has tremendous lateral agility for his size. His short area quickness really stands out.
Betiku is a player who got better and better as the season wore on as a junior. He is strong at the point of attack and flashes a really good punch. Even when he was forced to wear a cast later in the season, he still showed ridiculously advanced hand usage for someone who is just starting out in football. His pad level was also consistently low. He may not be the most instinctual player right now, but he also doesn’t have a ton of bad habits either.
He has the ability to get off the football explosively, but one of the things he needs to work on is getting off on the ball quicker. His snap anticipation isn’t where it needs to be, but it can get there.
He plays with awesome effort and makes a ton of hustle plays both in pursuit in the run game and is able to create pressure because he keeps fighting as a pass rusher. He is good with his hands and does a great job with his initial rip move. He is far too quick for guards to block inside and also shows the ability to attack off the edge. He can convert speed to power and bully tackles off balance.
I’m not sure if it’s taught or he is just doing it naturally, but it’s amazing to see him continue to counter when he is blocked. He doesn’t stay blocked and that’s why he is involved in so many plays.
Betiku may be the rare player who can play any spot on the defensive line. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play a lot at three technique or on the strong or weak side at end. Athletically, he is scheme versatile.
Betiku may ultimately end up being the best defensive lineman in this class. If he’s this good now, it’s scary to think of how good he is going to be. He is going to start for multiple seasons at the next level and I expect him to be an impact player.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).