UA jersey tour: DE Oluwole Betiku

WATCH: Oluwole Betiku UA jersey presentation

Oluwole Betiku's long journey from Nigeria to ESPN 300 prospect has been well-documented. On Tuesday, Betiku added another step to the journey, as the nation's No. 28 prospect received his Under Armour All-America Game jersey in front of family and friends in a presentation sponsored by American Family Insurance.

During a heartfelt speech that touched on his ups and downs since taking that leap of faith and coming to the United States, Betiku received several rounds of applause from the student body, an obvious sign that he has become a favorite of his Gardena (California) Serra classmates.

Betiku has also become a favorite of coaching staffs across the country. After snagging offers from virtually every top program in the nation, Betiku made a somewhat surprising -- in its timing, not its destination -- commitment to UCLA. Betiku said his goal in college is to become an All-American and any school in the country offers that opportunity.

"I felt more comfortable playing for the coaches at UCLA," Betiku said. "I've built a relationship with them for a long time."

That relationship will be tested, however, as Betiku plans to use all five of his official visits.

"First of all I want to write my tests, my SATs, and once I upload my test scores I can take official visits," Betiku said. "But definitely I want to take my official visits. I feel like I earned the official visits and I've worked so hard for them...I want to go see what's out there and experience all the states."

Betiku listed Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas A&M as four of his likely visit destinations, while the fifth remains open for another school to join the mix.

Seven questions with Oluwole Betiku

Who is the best player to play in the Under Armour All-America Game?

"I would say Jadeveon Clowney. This is his first year after the injury and I don't know how he's going to play, but to me he's the best player to play in the event.

If you were a coach and could draft a team of 2016 recruits, who would be your first pick?

"I'd pick Brandon [Burton]."

Is there an athlete you idolized growing up?

"When I was growing up I idolized Muhammad Ali. I liked him as a person, his charisma, he had fun doing sports he loved and he was a people person. He wasn't just an athlete for the money. If you look at him and his story, it was more like he was doing God's work and he was sent to Earth to be an athlete."

What is your earliest football memory?

"When I got my first tackle. They taught me everything about tackling people, but when I got my first tackle it was just about bringing the guy with the ball down, and that's when I knew football was just about bringing the guy with the ball down."

If you could take on any professional athlete in their sport, who would it be?

"That's a hard one, but I would go against Serena Williams in tennis."

Is there a reason you wear your number (47?)

"Growing up in Nigeria, I grew up in a country where there were checkpoints everywhere and I saw AK-47s at every bus stop, every mile you see soldiers and policemen with AK-47s. So I said, you know what, since I didn't have an idea for a number, since I'm from a terror zone, I'm going to stick with 47."

What is something most people don't know about you?

"People don't know, but I'm an easy person to talk to. I'm a little bit emotional and I can draw."