Segun Ijiyera’s commitment to Texas State on Sunday couldn’t have worked out better for both parties. Ijiyera, a career offensive tackle at Lake Dallas, wanted to try his hand at defensive line, and the Bobcats had a need at the position.
Ijiyera had eight offers to sift through, but at that point, Texas State was a no-brainer.
“They offered me as an offensive lineman a long time ago,” Ijiyera said. “I played defense this year a little bit, and I felt like that’s where I could play in college. This feels good. It’s something I’ve been thinking about.”
Ijiyera also had offers from schools such as North Texas, Tulane, Nevada, Sam Houston and Southern Mississippi.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding. The first day Ijiyera can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
The 6-2, 270-pound Ijiyera has predominately been an offensive lineman during his career with the Falcons. He played on both sides of the ball this year due to injuries to several teammates, recording 31 tackles (9 for loss) with one sack.
Ijiyera said the opportunity to play defense at the next level involved getting some help from an old teammate. Former Lake Dallas quarterback Dagan Haehn, who went to Kansas but since has transferred to Texas State, put in a good word for Ijiyera when the two recently spoke.
“I told [Dagan] that I’d love to play defense in college, and next thing I know he gets a chance to talk to the coach and he told them about me,” Ijiyera said. “They watched my film and liked what they saw.”
Lake Dallas coach Michael Young agreed that this is a perfect fit.
“He had been leaning this way for a while,” Young said of Ijiyera. “I think his visit [to Texas State] helped throw it over the top.”
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