"I was offered on Monday," Ayoola said. ‘I saw it coming. I have been in contact with them for a few months now. At Arizona Western I am only two and a half hours away and being able to see the campus when I want, there was interest prior to today, but this is just when the offer came."
Ayoola didn't wait long to jump on the offer and committed to the coaching staff almost right away.
"A lot of it had to do with the situation they had there," Ayoola said. "It felt like a situation I can go in and excel, but it wasn't all about the depth chart. It's a great school with great tradition. They have a lot of JUCO kids that have gone there and done well, including Jerrard Randall, who is there now and who they expect big things from."They showed me that Coach Rodriguez is about giving second chances and taking care of his players. I was satisfied with my visit there and I was really comfortable when I visited, which is the biggest thing."
Although Ayoola is at Arizona Western, he started his college career at Illinois, but had to leave the team due to some disciplinary issues.
" I did a lot of great things at my time at Illinois," Ayoola said. "I met a lot of great people and learned some things. I have nothing bad to say about it. Sometimes situations don't work for people for different reasons. It just did not work in my best favor."I got in some trouble in 2013 and then got back on the team in 2014, but it was not the right situation for me. I talked with my mom and she felt it would be best for me to transfer to Arizona Western and I am really thankful for them.
"I think it is a testament for how hard I have worked staying in shape and then working to get this opportunity now. I am really grateful and thankful to be in the position that I am in right now."
With the commitment, what type of player is Arizona getting?""They are getting a committed running back," Ayoola said. "I am committed to doing anything to have success for the Wildcats. That could mean blocking, passing, anything they want. I am a committed guy and willing to do whatever the team needs from day one."