Decision imminent for JUCO defender

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Highland (KS) Community College outside linebacker Akintunde "Tunde" Bakare, but now it appears as if his recruitment is coming to a close.

Two weeks ago, Bakare visited the Greenville, N.C. campus of East Carolina University, for his first official visit. He came away impressed with what second-year head coach Ruffin McNeill is building with the Pirates.

"He's a great person," he said, of McNeill. "He definitely showed me a lot about how they're trying to change their program. It was definitely a fun experience."

On Friday, the athletic JUCO defender arrived in Lawrence, Kan. with his father, Mohammed Bakare, for his second official visit – this time to the University of Kansas.

In the Kansas players, including visit host Darius Willis, he saw many of the same qualities his sees within himself.

"They were just like me," he said. "On a mission, hungry and ready to win. That's what I felt like all the players there were about. We're on the same mission, same goal."

In addition to getting an opportunity to see what the Kansas campus was all about and soak in the environment at Saturday's basketball matchup between the Jayhawks and the Texas Longhorns, Bakare also had the chance to meet Head Coach Turner Gill for the first time.

"He definitely is an amazing man, to say the least," he said, of Gill. "He just showed me that he wanted me."

With official visits to both of his finalists now in the rearview mirror, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound prospect told Scout.com he plans to make his decision Monday.

"Right now, I'm going to (meet) with my head coach, Coach Mike Beagle, and also another coach, (HCC assistant) Coach (Marvin) Kendricks, and go over the pros and cons," Bakare said.


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