Former Commit Watching Duke Closely

This coming weekend Aramide Olaniyan will be taking an official visit to UCLA to see the Bruins take on Washington. "I fly Saturday morning, so I'm hoping I'll make it before the game starts," Olaniyan said. "UCLA is a great school and I just want a chance to go there in person. I really like the relationship I have with the coaching staff. I've been talking to them for a long time because..."

Aramide Olaniyan, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star linebacker from Woodberry Forest, Va., originally committed to Duke last March, but in mid-September he says he officially "decommitted."

"I wanted to give myself the opportunity to check out some other places," Olaniyan said about his change of heart. "I want to make sure I'm really making the right decision and realized I rushed into it.

"The Duke coaches have been great about it," he said. "Since I decommitted they've been coming after me even harder."

Olaniyan admits that the Blue Devils are very much still in the mix and will be visiting them officially on Dec. 5, but he'll be at the Georgia Tech game on Nov. 14 as well.

"Duke is doing really well this season," he said. "They've already won more games this year than they did last year. I really like what coach David Cutcliffe is doing and how he has them in the thick of the ACC.

"Just the fact that you can say Duke and ACC championship together is huge," he said.

Olaniyan, ranked as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, denies a leader but favors Duke, UCLA, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Virginia and North Carolina. He says all of his favorites have offered.

"Virginia was my most recent offer," he said. "They just did it about a week ago."

The Cavaliers are only about two hours from Olaniyan's house and 45 minutes from his boarding school. He attended their game against Duke on Oct. 31.

On Oct. 10, Olaniyan was also in attendance when North Carolina took on Georgia Southern.

The biggest game of the year that Olaniyan has attended was in Ann Arbor on Sept. 12 when Michigan slid by Notre Dame.

"Coach Rich Rodriguez is going to lead that team to championships," he said about the Wolverines despite their recent struggles. "They have a good team and they'll be back on top.

"I really like the atmosphere there and how everyone supports the team," he said.

This coming weekend, Nov. 7, Olaniyan will be taking an official visit to UCLA to see the Bruins take on Washington.

"I fly Saturday morning, so I'm hoping I'll make it before the game starts," he said.

"UCLA is a great school and I just want a chance to go there in person," he said. "I really like the relationship I have with the coaching staff. I've been talking to them for a long time because they were one of the first schools to recruit me."

Olaniyan says he'd like to take all five of his official visits before making a decision. "I don't plan on taking it all the way to signing day," he said. "But I don't have a specific timeframe or anything.

"I want to see how I fit in with the team and the coaches," he said. "I also want to make sure the defense and the schemes they run fit me as well. I'd also like to be able to play early."

Olaniyan has helped lead his team to a 6-1 record with 20 tackles for loss, eight sacks, one blocked punt, one blocked field goal and one kick returned for a touchdown.

He plans to major in political science and reports a 2.8 core GPA and says he's taken both the SAT and ACT and is qualified.


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