MD LB Piling on Offers

Nobody's offer list has skyrocketed as fast as Gaithersburg (MD)native Bani Gbadyu, perhaps the Northeast's hottest prospect.

"I have gotten a lot of new offers in the past month," Gbadyu said, pulling out his piece of paper with all of the offering schools on it. "Indiana, Oregon, Syracuse, Marshall, Kent State, Akron, Michigan State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, LSU, Penn State, Duke, NC State, James Madison, Boston College, Nebraska, Clemson, UConn, Cincinnati, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Virginia Tech have all offered a scholarship."

Why the offer list is extremely high at this point, Gbadyu isn't narrowing things down anytime soon; "I don't have any favorites yet," Gbadyu said, "I'm going to wait it out and take a look at all of my options. This is a huge decision for me and I want to take my time with my decision."

So when can the masses expect the list to be narrowed down?

"I want to see the campuses first and sit down and compare," Gbadyu said. "I want to see who is for real and who is just 'BS-ing' me and who is telling the truth, because I know how some of these guys are and I want to be able to see through that before I narrow things down."

Gbadyu was a two-way standout as a junior for Quince Orchard High School. He ran for 265 yards on 36 carries, scoring three touchdowns and added 78 tackles, 15 sacks, and three fumble recoveries on defense.

"Most recruiters are recruiting me as an outside linebacker and a safety," Gbadyu said. "I like to blitz off the edge and I love pass rushing. I like to get after the quarterback, so as long as I am getting a chance to do that, I am happy either way."

Gbadyu was all-county and was honorable mention all-state, this past year. He stands 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, but a most attractive forty time makes him standout. His 4.5 forty-yard dash is unique among players at his position, especially considering the prospects of Bani playing linebacker. He also reportedly has a 39-inch vertical leap.

"Distance won't be a factor," the athletic star answered. "I just want a team that is going to look after my future and has a good scheme and plan for me. I'm also looking to get on the field as early as possible."

One team that would sway his decision considerably is the Miami Hurricanes - Gbadyu's childhood favorite and dream school.

"Oh man, Miami," Gbadyu gasped. "The Hurricanes, they are like my dream school. You go down the list every year and they have household names. They know how to get their players to the NFL and they are like, the top five best places to go to school. It's Miami, I mean come on, who wouldn't want to go to school there?"

Bani has made one unofficial visit - to see the Hokies, who recently offered. "Virginia Tech was great," the linebacker/safety prospect said. "I was very excited when I got that offer. There defense is very well known and they play a fun style where they blitz a lot. I've been up there and I liked it."

So when does Bani plan on making a decision?

"My Dad and my coach will have to get a feel first before I decide anything," Gbadyu explained, "They are going to help me figure out who is serious about what they say and who is best for me as far as getting my degree and my education. I'm looking for a school that has a great program outside of football, as well."

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