Defense thrives with three interceptions and three pass breakups
2012: One of four true freshmen to crack NU's lineup this season ... Did not play in season-opener at Syracuse but moved into the two-deep at defensive end following an injury to Deonte Gibson ... Made his debut for the Wildcats in win over Vanderbilt, playing five plays on defense ... It was his only appearance on the season after sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury prior to the Boston College game.
High School: ESPN.com four-star (ESPNU 150), Under Armour All-American and SuperPrep All-America selection ... Ranked as No. 51 overall prospect by ESPN.com ... Ranked sixth-best defensive end and No. 1 player in the Midwest Region and Ohio by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 5 linebacker, No. 9 defensive end and No. 109 overall prospect nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 99 in the Rivals.com Rivals 100 ... SuperPrep All-Midwest selection, ranked as No. 20 overall prospect in the region and No. 19 linebacker in the nation ... Ranked No. 98 overall prospect in the nation, eighth nationally among linebackers and fifth overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports ... All-region, all-state and all-area player of the year ... Selected by USA Football to the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team ... Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and International Bowl ... Recorded 90 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a junior and 50 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior, totaling 140 tackles and 19 sacks for Centerville ... Led Centerville to a 7-4 record in 2011 and a Greater Western Ohio Conference championship ... Also lettered in track for four years, anchoring his team to a third-place finish in the 4x200 relays at the State Championships ... Coached by Ron Ullery.
Personal: Born Ifeadi Kachakwu Anthony Odenigbo ... Son of Linda and Thomas Odenigbo ... First member of his family born in the United States ... Middle of three children ... Attended same high school as A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the NFL and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit ... Plans to study economics at Northwestern.