When Chike Otaluka announced a verbal commitment to the Naval Academy, he provided factors towards his decision that go beyond what happens on the football field.
The 2017 Northview (Duluth, GA) safety/wide receiver touched on the military side of the equation, which provides an opportunity to serve the United States.
But he also placed a focus on his family lineage from an academic perspective.
“I wanna follow in my dad’s footsteps and I plan to study engineering,” said Otaluka, whose father Uzo studied the major at Georgia Tech. “That’s something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid.”
Dreams came true as well for the Midshipmen, after the incoming senior, who currently holds 24 scholarship offers, revealed his future school this past Sunday.
“It’s one of the best scholarships in the land,” he said. “I plan on visiting Navy during the season. I don’t know about other schools. I like to keep my options open, so maybe. But just Navy as of now.”
During the summer off-season, Otaluka has been to camps at Duke on June 4, Georgia on June 10 and Georgia Tech on July 17. As it relates to the upcoming Fall, he can also now place additional focus on the school year with Northview, where he expects to play on both sides of the ball. At the next level, Otaluka believes his best fit is at safety.
“I can’t wait for the season,” he said. “We have a lot of young guys on the team. But that’s no excuse. No one is going to feel sorry for us on game day. But they’ll step up. I think we’ll have a good season.”
HUDL HIGHLIGHT TAPE Chike Otaluka
WEIGHT 190 lbs
40-YARD DASH 4.54 seconds