Four Star Defensive Tackle Sees Opportunity at ASU

Defensive tackle is undoubtedly the Sun Devils' #1 recruiting priority for the 2004 class. NE Oklahoma A&M's Remi Ayodele may be the quick fix Arizona State covets. DevilsDigest talked to the junior college prospect upon his return from Tempe.

"It was a very nice visit," exclaimed the 6-3 280 Ayodele. "It was just like I thought it would be. I really liked the people, especially my host player Jimmy Verdon. I thought (defensive line) Coach Monachino was a very nice guy. He showed me a lot of the plays on video, and I saw that ASU runs the same front we run in school."

Just like with Ra'Shon Harris, the other defensive lineman who tripped to the Sun Devils this past weekend, Ayodele was also informed of the team's need for immediate help up front. "They told me that they graduated two tackles, and the two behind them don't have that much experience. So they said I could come in and help out a lot. That's something that's attractive to me."

If the name Remi Ayodele seems fairly new on ASU's recruiting scene, that is because that he has been heavily pursued by the Sun Devils for only the last several weeks. "ASU kinda came in late compared to other schools," stated the defensive end. "They started contacting me a month and half ago. It doesn't matter to me that they came in late. I won't hold that against them. I'm just happy they're recruiting me."

Ayodele already visited Colorado and Rutgers, and rated the former school much more favorably. Oklahoma State (1/16) and Kansas (1/23) will round up his official visit schedule. "I told everyone that I won't be ready to make a decision until I take all my visits." Even though ASU, in comparison to most of his other suitors, may be further from his Grand Prairie, TX home, he stated that it shouldn't play a major role in his ultimate decision. "It's not really a big deal," he said. "My brother went to Purdue and that's all they way in Indiana. If he can do it, I can too."

The defensive tackle is fresh off his 2nd consecutive conference title. In the 2003 season (according to NE Oklahoma A&M's website), he amassed 44 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble, and one recovered fumble. Ayodele portrays his game as one with a lot of raw talent. "I'm pretty aggressive," he stated, "and I play with a lot heart. For as big as I am I'm a pretty good pass rusher. I just need to learn more techniques."

Like may other blue chippers, playing time will be the driving factor in Ayodele's decision. As talented as the defensive tackle is, he for one doesn't take all his recruiting attention for granted. "I'm enjoying it…it's a blessing. They're a lot of players that don't have those choices of where to go to school. I don't mind at all coaches calling me."

Ayodele is a May graduate, who needs just six more hours for his AA degree. He does plan to have an in-home visit with ASU in the future. "I just want to make sure that my mom is there when they visit."

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