Kayode Oladele has significant interest in a flurry of the schools that have rewarded him with offers, including Florida, South Carolina and Wisconsin, but says two of those suitors are distancing themselves and absorbing his attention more than the others.
Oladele, a physical specimen along the defensive front that measures in at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, is a 2018 prospect at Miami (Fla.) Edison that's expected to manufacture a stellar offseason on the recruiting front.
Oladele has been intrigued by Tennessee's continued growth on the defensive side of the ball, but admits that he has to continue to construct those relationships with Butch Jones' coaching staff as well.
"The defense of Tennessee is actually doing good, and I like the fact that the defense is good there," Oladele said. "Tennessee is a good school that has produced many NFL players, and I just like that about Tennessee.
"I have a good relationship with the defensive coordinator who's recruiting me. I don't have much of a relationship with the staff yet."
It's no surprise that a player like Oladele patterns his play after Wisconsin legend, J.J. Watt, but Paul Chryst's coaching staff has certainly done their part as well.
"I like Wisconsin because they produced my mentor, J.J. Watt," Oladele said. "It's a good school that I think could develop me real good and make me the best I can be.
"I also have a good relationship with the d-line coach, coach Inoke (Breckterfield). He offered and has so much interest in me, and I really like the fact that he actually wants to work with me if I eventually head to Wisconsin."
When it's all said and done, what's it going to take for that one school to truly separate itself from the stable of additional schools that have dished out offers to Oladele?
"My education is really important to me," Oladele replied. "I want to go to a school that offers what I want to major in; getting my degree is important to me.
"I also want to go to a school that will develop me more better."
Oladele, a three-star prospect, has no visits planned at this time.
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