When James Adeyanju showed up at Maine South to observe Illinois football coaches instructing eager high school athletes recently, he made his presence felt. Showing a closeness with head coach Ron Zook and his assistants, he quickly and happily renewed acquaintences.
"Ah man, it's a great school," Adeyanju confirms. "Coach Zook's a great coach. I love the school."
The Chicago Curie star feels blessed to have so many scholarship offers in hand.
"Yes sir. I just thank God every day."
Adeyanju has followed an ambitious college visitation agenda.
"I was in Madison last week. I've been to Minnesota, I've been to Purdue, Notre Dame, and Illinois."
That process will continue all summer, although precise plans are indefinite at this point.
"I'm gonna visit some more schools, I'm not sure which ones yet. I will also be working out hard this summer."
His brother Victor plays with the Arizona Cardinals, so the University of Arizona is likely near the top of his list. And he is close to a teacher at Curie who attended Wisconsin. Still, he is trying to keep an open mind and won't rush his decision.
"Hopefully after my senior season. I plan to make all my official visits."
What is he looking for in a college?
"Just good academics and good football program, good people."
At around 6'-2", 230 pounds, Adeyanju is best positioned on the edge of a defensive line.
"I'm more of a speed guy. I like to make speed moves to get around the offensive tackle. I'm not really a power guy."
His overall athleticism makes him a candidate for the Bandit position at Illinois where he can both rush the passer and drop back in coverage at times as a linebacker.
"Yes sir, a Bandit in their defense. That's a great fit I think. That would be great fun (playing in pass coverage). Hopefully get some interceptions."
Adeyanju is looking toward what he promises to be a successful senior season.
"Hopefully good. We have a lot of good players. Hopefully we can have a good season, beat Simeon and make it to the state playoffs."