Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Decision 'sooner than later' for 4-star St. Louis LB Ayodele Adeoye

Scout 300 linebacker Ayodele Adeoye said four schools are recruiting him the hardest and that a decision could come soon

NORTHBROOK, Ill. - A shoulder injury limited Ayodele Adeoye at Nike's The Opening regional at Lake Forest earlier this month. So with his shoulder feeling better at Sunday's Under Armour All-America Camp at Glenbrook North High School, the four-star St. Louis (Mo.) Ritenour rising senior set out to make his mark.

"I want to come here and be the best linebacker here, that was my plan," Adeoye said.

Adeoye was the only player who enter the camp with an already accepted offer to player in the UA All-America Game next January -- and certainly was the most sought-after linebacker participating in the star-studded camp.

Adeoye holds more than a dozen scholarship offers but is starting to narrow his recruiting focus.

"With recruiting, a lot of things have been thrown at me the last couple months so I'm just taking care of everything I can take care of," Adeoye said. "Schools are still offering me. A lot of schools are still coming in. I'll probably make a decision sooner than later. I don't exactly have a date. I'm going to be a mid-year (enrollee)."

Adeoye said LSU, Missouri, Illinois and Oklahoma are recruiting him the hardest.

"I mean, I'm coming for whoever's coming for me," Adeoye said. "Pretty much anyone that's not coming for me, I'm not coming for them."

Illinois has prioritized Adeoye for months and may be the only linebacker the Illini would take in their small Class of 2018.

"Illinois, they just tell me I could come in and be a big impact right away," Adeoye said. "Playing under Hardy Nickerson, that'd be pretty good. Lovie Smith, that's a great coach. Like I said, a good head coach and good position coach, that'd probably be a good fit for me. But I still got to go through a few more visits. I got to head up to (Oklahoma). I got to head up to Texas and a few other schools."

Adeoye said he plans to visit Oklahoma within the next couple weeks.

"Coach (Bob) Stoops, great coach," Adeoye said of Oklahoma. "And one of my things is winning football games. They've won football games."

Texas has not yet offered but has shown more interest lately. Adeoye said some of his family members live in Texas and has a relationship with Longhorns defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who coached his brother, Adewale, at Utah State.

"I have a good relationship with him already," Adeoye said. "That's my guy."

Adeoye also recently took a visit to LSU.

"Dave Aranda, great coach," Adeoye said of the Tigers defensive coordinator. "I'm familiar with him too. He coached my brother at Utah State, so I have a good relationship with him like Todd Orlando. LSU, I'm going to take a few more trips up there and probably from there make a decision."

Mizzou and Illinois are involved in several tussles in St. Louis, including Adeoye.

"(Barry Odom) says with this 2018 class, we can come in and change Mizzou," Adeoye said. "We probably could. It's a thought for sure."

What's most important for Adeoye in his decision?

"I want a good head coach," Adeoye said. "I want a good position coach, and at the end of the day, I want to win football games."

Can Illinois fit the description?

"Great head coach, great position coach and those guys will win football games," Adeoye said.

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