Visit Makes Impression On Olaniyan

Over the weekend the Blue Devils hosted a number of potential prospects from the class of 2010. Chief among them was Woodberry Forrest (Va.) outside linebacker Aramide Olaniyan. After taking in the sights and sounds of the Duke program, Olaniyan provided TDD with an update on his recruitment.

"Duke was great. I had a really good time," said Aramide Olaniyan. "This was the first time I really saw the campus in action, and I loved it. My parents and I were really impressed with the whole thing. They have made tons of additions to the school, and the football program is only getting better."

Already offered by Boston College and Stanford, Olaniyan will likely soon be adding to that total from several over programs including Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Oregon, UCLA and East Carolina. Each school has been sending a good deal of mail and hoping to jump in early with the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder.

With so much early interest, it was crucial for the Blue Devils to make strides this weekend, and it would appear that's exactly what happened as Olaniyan came away impressed with both the coaching staff and the overall feel of the program.

"Coach Cutcliffe knows what he is doing. He has the program going in the right direction. I think it is amazing how they went from no wins to four wins this year. Duke is on their way to an ACC Championship and I think my parents and I would love to be a part of such a good school."

While football will be important, the real battle here will center around academics. Already attending one of the better private schools in the region, Olaniyan says he's looking for a program that will give him a chance on and off the field.

"I spoke with all of the coaches and the AD. They were all great people who I could definitely see myself working with in the future. The thing I like so much about Duke is that going there increases the chances of me being successful in life after football."

So where does this recruitment go next?

"I think the next stop for me is Vanderbilt. Vandy is another great school which also has great football. I plan to try and make the trip there over the next break. I also hope to make it to Wake Forest in a couple of weeks."

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