Powerful LB Talks Clemson

"Clemson has got a great coaching staff. When I was out there for their camp, coach Tommy Bowden really broke it down for me and told me what he wants out of me as a player," said Bani Gbadyu.

Gaithersburg (Md.) linebacker/safety Bani Gbadyu (6-1, 210, 4.5) denies a leader--but favors Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Georgia, Penn State and Virginia Tech. All have offered.

"I don't have a leader with these schools right now because they all bring the same thing to the table. Wherever I end up, these programs are offering me early playing time and a chance to showcase my abilities," said Gbadyu, from Quince Orchard High School.

"Ohio State is a program that competes every year and it's really rare to see them have a losing season. I really like what they've done with A.J. Hawk (linebacker). If they can make an All-American out of him, then they could do the same for me," he said.

"Clemson has got a great coaching staff. When I was out there for their camp, coach Tommy Bowden really broke it down for me and told me what he wants out of me as a player. I really think I blew the coaching staff there away with my speed. That day I ran a 4.4 40x with cleats on grass. They recruit for speed and I've got options there too, to either play safety or linebacker. Plus they're also kind of close to home.

"Most of these schools are recruiting me as a linebacker. I don't have any preference on what I play in college. I'll play wherever I'm needed.

"LSU has got a great program and they've won a national championship recently. Coach (Les) Miles has been very up front with me in all of this. He told me that they'd honor my scholarship regardless of what happens to me this season…like if I get injured or something. Plus, they play in the SEC and that's a great conference," he said.

"Coach (Phil) Elmassian (cornerbacks) from Nebraska is one of my favorite coaches to talk to. He's so energetic and it's exciting to talk to a coach like him. And coach (Bill) Callahan told me that he promises to take care of me and look out for me if I go there. He wants to really develop me into a great player as well as into a great person.

"Coach (John) Jancek (linebackers) from Georgia has also been real up front with me and he's doing a great job at recruiting me.

"I've seen Penn State's program before and they've got such a big stadium. It put butterflies in my stomach when I saw it. And they've got great workout facilities there that really demonstrates the hard work those players and coaches put into the program," he said.

"Virginia Tech is a great program also.

"Playing time at a college is a big thing for me and I just want to get out there and compete…and really prove myself, even if I'm going up against guys who're juniors and seniors," he said.

Other offers include Oklahoma, Michigan State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Oregon and Boston College according to Gbadyu.

Gbadyu claims he's unofficially visited Clemson, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, North Carolina and Duke.

"I might also get out to see LSU and Tennessee this summer for unofficial visits. I also want to take my official visits and commit to a program after the season," he said.

Final JR (8-3) stats: 78 tackles/15 sacks/3 FR

Bench: 270/Squat: 395/Power Clean: 245/Vert Jump: 39"

"I've got great speed to get to the ball. And when I get to the ball, I'm out there to take the other players' head off and hurt him because he's there to hurt me. That gets me real angry, so when I take the field and I think that, I just get downright furious. I'm out there to put on the hurt and take people out of the game.

"I want to make some quicker reads and work on my ability to take on blocks. Basically, I just want to get my technique better," he said.

2.5 GPA/first-time SAT and ACT in the fall--Gbadyu said he is also taking summer school courses in English 9 and English 10 to bring up his GPA.

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