Ayodele Adeoye (© Greg Powers)

Gators enter the mix for Scout 300 linebacker Ayodele Adeoye

Florida is the latest to offer Scout 300 linebacker Ayodele Adeoye. The Missouri native picked up the offer on Tuesday and discusses what this means for him and his recruitment.

Florida is the latest school to pull the trigger and offer Scout 300 linebacker Ayodele Adeoye. According to Adeoye, this offer was not entirely unexpected. 

"I talked to the coaching staff recently so it was matter of time for them seeing me and seeing my film again," he explained. "From there they liked what they saw and it triggered them." 

The St Louis, Mo. native has plenty of suitors vying to land the playmaker. LSUArkansasIllinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, LSU, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State have also offered the Ritenour High playmaker. 

"Adeoye is a rock solid middle backer prospect who brings to the table many of the skills you are looking for at the position," said National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers.  "He's a very physical player who has the size to stand up to a lot of punishment in the middle of a defense." 

Florida linebackers coach Tim Skipper saw enough from Adeoye's film to offer him a scholarship. 

"He told me that I was a linebacker that they can use in the future," Adeoye said. "He says he liked my size and loved my tape." 

Although his relationship with coach Skip is new, Adeoye already knows plenty about the UF assistant's resume. 

"From what I heard he is a great coach," said Adeoeye. "He is really good linebackers coach, and he is good at putting linebackers in the position to put them into the NFL and that is the overall objective; that is pretty cool." 

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound inside linebacker has talked to Skipper just a few times, but has begun to understand the assistant coach. 

"Seems like a good coach," he said. "He is a real chill guy, real down to earth type of guy; so I'm really looking forward to building a relationship with him, since he just offered."

In the end how does an offer from Florida change things for Adeoye? It's simple, it adds competition for the other suitors.

"Florida is one of the teams that can most guys in the NFL," he said. The offer "means a lot to me. For one they have a history behind the University of Florida, and those guys know how to win football games. Coach Skip himself is a good position coach and coach Mac [head coach Jim McElwain] is a good head coach." 

As mentioned above, Florida is entering a crowded field. According to Adeoye, three schools are in constant contact. 

"Texas, Illinois and LSU are recruiting him the hardest," he said.

At this time, he does not claim any leaders saying, "they are all just coming after me hard right now." However, Adeoye does plan on trimming his list very soon. 

"I'm going to drop a top ten on Friday; releasing it at 5 p.m." 

Adeoye has a few requirements in order for a school to crack his top ten. 

"A good head coach and a good position coach, I'm trying to win football games." 

He has not set up any dates for his visits, but he has a few schools he wants to check out before he makes a decision. 

"I plan to visit USC soon, and I'm going to OU, and I'm planning to go to Florida-thats all I know right now." 


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