By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
3:46 AM EST, January 29, 2013
When it came down to how much money it was going to cost Nathan Obinwa to go to college, it was pretty simple. Then add to the equation that Colgate University won the Football Championship Subdivision title last season and the pieces all began to fall into place for the Orlando Olympia defensive end.
He had been entertaining the thought of attending an Ivy League school and playing football. He had Columbia in his sights. Then they rang up the cash register.
“Initially I was going to commit to Columbia, but then I went on my visit to Colgate and talked to the coaches about the program,” Obinwa said. “They won the I-AA championship last season and it’s a good program. They also offered me a full scholarship and with all the Ivy League schools, they don’t have athletic scholarships, so I’d end up having to pay like $35,000 of something like that, so it was pretty much a no-brainer.”
Obinwa was a two-year starter at Olympia during his junior and senior seasons and was fourth on the team in tackles this past season, averaging 7.2 tackles per game. He also had two sacks and a fumble recovery.
He said Columbia and Colgate were the only two schools he was considering.
“Yeah, it pretty much came down to those two schools,” Obinwa said. “It’s pretty important to me to go to a school that has a strong academic program; a school that if I didn’t go to the NFL was going to give me a chance to still make a lot of money when I’m done.
“Colgate might only be I-AA, but they are the best I-AA team and their academics are great. Most people think they are an Ivy League school.”
He’s not worried about moving to the Snow Belt area of New York, where Colgate sits in the little village of Hamilton, population about 4,000 people. The average snowfall in the region is between 40 and 50 inches a year.
“I’m from Ohio so it’s not like snow is that new to me, but I’ve never played a game in snow so that will be interesting,” said Obinwa, who moved to Florida when he was seven years old.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Obinwa has good speed and is rangy. They’ll start him off at the Will linebacker spot at Colgate and see how he develops. His lanky body gives him some versatility in positions he can play, but if he bulks up he’ll likely find himself back at defensive end. He said it doesn’t matter though, he just wants to play.
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