3-star St. Louis Ritenour LB Adoyele Adeoye discusses second Illini visit

3-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye spent more time with Illini coach Lovie Smith and defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson during his trip to Illinois on Saturday

Ayodele Adeoye is the top linebacker target for Illinois in the Class of 2018, so the Illini were happy to get the St. Louis Ritenour linebacker back to Champaign on Saturday -- his second visit to Illinois during the last month.

Adeoye had visited for a junior day in late February, but the Illini staff wanted him back for Saturday's junior day visit which included dozens of other St. Louis prospects. The Illini coaches spent more one-on-one time with Adeoye.

"Talking with Lovie Smith was good," Adeoye said. "That was the main thing, talking with Lovie. He was just talking about where I can help them at. The other thing is I got to talk with (defensive coordinator) Hardy Nickerson too. That was nice too. We went over a lot of their defensive schemes and where I'd be playing. That was nice to see how I'd actually fit in at the University of Illinois."


Adeoye -- who has nine power-five scholarship offers, including Iowa, Minnesota, Ole Miss, LSU, Missouri and Oklahoma -- also went through a film-room breakdown with Nickerson, a five-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker who doubles as the linebackers coach for Illinois.

"He's a good coach, real chill," Adeoye said. "The things he's done (in the NFL), you really can't find an assistant coach who can compare what he's done."

Illinois dubbed Saturday's junior day as the "St. Louis Takeover" as it hosted several of the top prospects from a city in which Illinois wants to make a larger presence.

"It was pretty cool, kind of like how Mizzou did," Adeoye said. "It was cool to get us all together. It was just nice overall being with all my guys. Whether we were at University of Illinois or Mizzou, it was a good experience."

Adeoye plans on visiting LSU this weekend.

"I want to see how they treat me and where I stand," Adeoye said. "I want to meet Coach (Ed) Orgeron and see what type of person he is."

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