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Amani Orunwariye
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Penn State Nittany Lions – No. 21
PositionCornerback
Class
Redshirt
Senior
MajorTelecommunications/Journalism
Career history
CollegePenn State (2014–2018)
Bowl games
High schoolTampa (FL) Gaither
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 23)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • First team All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2017)

Amani Horatio Oruwariye (born February 9, 1996) is an American football cornerback. He currently plays college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions.[1]

Early Years[edit | edit source]

Oruwariye lettered for three years at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida, under head coach Jason Stokes. As a senior, he was voted team MVP and invited to the Hillsborough County All-Star Game.[2] He was ranked a three star recruit by all four major recruiting services, and 247Sports and Rivals rated him a top 100 prospect in the state of Florida. Oruwariye committed to Vanderbilt University early in his senior year before decommitting and following Head Coach James Franklin to Penn State.[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Amani Oruwariye
CB
Tampa, FL Tampa (FL) Gaither 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College Career[edit | edit source]

Oruwariye redshirted his true freshman season at Penn State, then appeared in mostly special teams action during his redshirt freshman year.

In 2016, Oruwariye saw more time en route to Penn State's first Big Ten Championship Game victory. He logged his first interception against Kent State, which he proceeded to return for a touchdown.[4] He finished the season with 23 total tackles.[5]

Oruwariye burst onto the national scene in 2017 due to his personal-best four interceptions, good for fourth in the Big Ten.[1] He earned recognition from both coaches and the media, who elected him second all-B1G.[6] He appeared in all but one game as Penn State clinched its first Fiesta Bowl victory since 1997.

Oruwariye carried his junior year momentum into his redshirt senior year, starting in each of Penn State's 12 games, picking off three passes, and tallying a career highs in tackles, pass defenses, and forced fumbles.[5] His excellence was recognized by coaches, media, AP, and ESPN, all of whom named him to their All-B1G teams. He received an invite to the Reese's Senior Bowl amidst discussions that he could potentially be a first round pick.[7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Amani Oruwariye - Football". Penn State University Athletics. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  2. "'Tampa Teaches You How to Be Cool Around Greatness': Local Ties in the 2019 Senior Bowl". www.buccaneers.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  3. "Amani Oruwariye Timeline Events". 247sports.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  4. "Amani Oruwariye gets a pick-six for Penn State". Saturday Tradition. 2016-09-03. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Amani Oruwariye College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  6. "View the 2017 All-Big Ten Football Defensive Teams". Big Ten Network. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  7. "PSU's McSorley, Oruwariye accept Senior Bowl invites". Lions247. Retrieved 2019-01-30.

External links[edit | edit source]


Category:Living people Category:1996 births Category:Sportspeople from Tampa, Florida Category:Players of American football from Florida Category:American football cornerbacks Category:Penn State Nittany Lions football players


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