Alford Key in the Recruitment of Opeseyitan

Offers are flying in from all over the country for Allen, Texas running back Charles Opeseyitan. With high profile programs jumping into the recruitment of Opeseyitan, Iowa State has one major thing favoring them. That is running backs coach Tony Alford.

Offers are flying in from all over the country for Allen, Texas running back Charles Opeseyitan. With high profile programs jumping into the recruitment of Opeseyitan, Iowa State has one major thing favoring them. That is running backs coach Tony Alford.  

 

"Make sure to put in there that Coach Alford is a great coach. He really is," Openseyitan told CN on Sunday afternoon.

 

The fact that Opeseyitan insisted that his Alford comment be the lead quote in this story says a lot about his relationship with Alford, but lucky for Iowa State, this is the mere beginning of a relationship that could last for years if Opeseyitan decides to play for Iowa State.

 

"I'm thinking a lot of good things about them (Iowa State.) Coach Alford has been keeping in contact with me. He seems like a really cool guy. We talk all of the time," Opeseyitan said.

 

Alford isn't the only coach making an impact on the running back. Opeseyitan said that the entire coaching staff is Iowa State's big plus early on in the recruiting process.

 

"Basically I like their coaches. They seem really down to earth and wanting to help you be all that you can be, not just what they want. They really look out for your well-being," Opeseyitan said.

 

When it comes to running the ball, Opeseyitan's 4.39 40 speed is his biggest strength, but according to Opeseyitan, he can do it all.

 

"I'm a very head strong player. I devote my time and my entire body to physically perfecting my position. I basically do what I need to do for the team to win," Opeseyitan said. "If you want me to block, run, catch, I'll be out there giving it all for you."

 

Iowa State isn't the only school picking up on the talent Opeseyitan possesses. Kansas State, Purdue, SMU, LSU, Indiana and Colorado State have offered along with the Cyclones. With all of the offers he has on board, Opeseyitan said that Iowa State, LSU, SMU and Colorado State are his early favorites.

 

"I'm probably going to pick a school before my senior year but during the summer I'm going to take my time to check out all of the schools and see how their coaches are," Opeseyitan said.

 

Opeseyitan is originally from Africa, so he says that picking a school that feels like home is going to be a huge factor in choosing a school.

 

"I'm from Africa. I'm not used to a big place," Opeseyitan said. "I'm really looking for a home feeling environment. I basically want to go to a place where I can call home."

 

Last year, in seven games Opeseyitan rushed for 1,138 yards and had 12 rushing touchdowns. He also racked up 168 receiving yards with one TD.

 

"We had a whole team effort last year. It wasn't just me," Opeseyitan said.

 

One thing is for sure, Opeseyitan is ready to get his senior season going.

 

"I'm more mature and ready to play. I understand my position more than previous years."

 

Opeseyitan also said that he plans on attending Iowa State's camp in June.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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