LB Orakpo transferring to Baylor

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Linebacker Mike Orakpo, the younger brother of former Texas Longhorns star Brian Orakpo, has decided to transfer to Baylor.

Mike Orakpo was dismissed from the Colorado State football team along with two other players in May following an alleged off-campus assault. He was eventually charged with disorderly conduct from the April 6 incident.

"Baylor is a nice, academic university and a good positive is that it's in Texas and about 2 1/2 hours away from my home," Orakpo told The Daily Coloradoan. "I had the opportunity to grow up in the Big 12 and learn all about it and it's really an honor to be able to play at Baylor University."

Orakpo will sit out the 2012 season per NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He will be eligible for the NFL Draft as early as 2014, although he's not currently rated as a top prospect according to early rankings by

The 6-1, 225-pound Orakpo played in 24 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons, recording 124 tackles per game (average of 5.17 per game).

This will mark the second season Orakpo has sat out. He also "grayshirted" his first season at Colorado State in 2009.

"You never want to be away from the game, but it's really just motivation to work hard, be a student of the game and just get mentally tougher," Orakpo told the Coloradoan. "It's kind of like your redshirt season where you can get bigger and stronger. If you look at it that way, it can be a positive."

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