The interest in Chicago (Ill.) Marist linebacker Micah Awodiran continues to pick up as he makes visits around the country, and Iowa State is among the many suitors vying for his services in the 2017 class.
The 6-foot-1 linebacker, who is ranked as the No. 41 overall outside linebacker in the 2017 class (and No. 5 in the Midwest), has now collected 14 offers, including one from Iowa State. Awodiran visited campus in late February and left impressed with the new foundation.
“You could tell that they’re very, very passionate about the new place that they’re at and they’ve put a lot of time and effort into getting situated and getting organized very quickly,” Awodiran said. “You could tell that they’re very, very driven and as soon as they got into the atmosphere they got right to work and have a lot of high goals transitioning the success that they had at Toledo to their new environment at Iowa State.”
Awodiran holds additional offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Syracuse and a host of others, including several Ivy League programs. The soon-to-be senior, who plans to major in political science, has made trips around the country in recent weeks.
During his trip to Iowa State, Awodiran sat down for a meeting with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and watched film with linebackers coach Tyson Veidt.
“[Coach Veidt] kind of did a cut-up of some of the clips from my highlight film and compared them to what they did at Toledo and showed the similarities that they have in their defense,” Awodiran said. “He had a good amount of plays in there, so you could definitely tell that there was a lot of time and effort that went into cutting up my film and seeing how I would fit into their defensive schemes.”
Awodiran is a quick and athletic linebacker who had 119 tackles and four sacks as a junior last fall. Iowa State is likely to take at least two more linebackers in the 2017 class with Awodiran among the key targets.
While football and relationships will be a driving factor in Awodiran’s decision, education will be at the forefront in the coming months.
“The value of the degree that I’ll be able to get from the school is one thing that will definitely drive my [decision],” Awodiran said. “Also personal relationships with the coaches and the vibe that I get from the head coach and more so the assistant coach, that’s the person I’m going to be with the majority of the time. From those two perspectives, those are probably the biggest things.”
Awodiran doesn’t have a definitive timeline for a decision, but isn’t expected to draw out the process past the summer.
“Going into the camp before we start our season, that’s probably around the time I want to commit,” Awodiran said. “I want to have it all squared away by then.”