Azubike stays hot

Caleb Azubike, three-star defensive end from Nashville-McGavock, Tenn., is looking to challenge for the No. 1 ranking in Tennessee. Azubike is attending camps and earning several scholarships along the way.

"I am really exhausted," said Caleb Azubike. "I have been to Alabama, Mississippi State and Louisville. I plan on visiting Virginia Tech and UT in July. Alabama wants me to come back to their camp so Nick Saban can personally offer me."

"I landed an offer last week from Mississippi State after I ran a 4.58 a their camp. Coach Mullen said he saw what he needed and had seen my game film. Coach Wilson told me I was one of the top, if not the top defensive end on their board. I ran a 4.58 today at Louisville. Coach Hurtt, the defensive line coach, offered me.

"I know I am up to 14 offers now. I know I have offers from Boston College, Vanderbilt, Miami, Marshall, Memphis, Northwestern, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas State, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and UCLA. My top two has always been Vanderbilt and Boston College.

"I like the coaches and the atmosphere at those schools. I like them a lot. I am also interested in Miami and Mississippi State. If a school is interested in me, and they contact me everyday I know they are interested. I talk to those four schools [Vanderbilt, Boston College, Miami, MSU] every day. I don't really talk that much to the ohter schools who have offered."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect talked more about his recent camp in Louisville.

"Louisville went great," he said. "I talked to coach Hurtt at the camp. I was tired because I spent the whole day yesterday swimming. I did worse, and I hold myself responsible for it. When it came time for the one-on-ones none of the linemen could put their hands on me. They said I had great hands and wanted to offer me a scholarship.

"The campus is beautiful. The stadium is exceptional. It's modern. All the other stadiums are old-fashioned. It's not too big or too small. The coaches are great people. I had an hour-long conversation with coach Strong. I like the direction of the program."

Alabama has yet to offer a scholarship to Azubike, but his performance may garner a much closer look next month.

"The Alabama camp was three days, but I went for one day," he said. "Coach Sunseri came by my school in the spring. On the way down to the camp my coach called coach Sunseri. He hoped I was ready because he was going to put me through hell and see how far I could go. We were outside, and it was really hot. I hadn't really been working out because of our dead period, but I felt like I did good.

"I was with coach Sunseri at the 'Jack' [position]. He said I did really good for someone who never played the position. He said he wants me to come back in July. After the camp he said he measures endurance by how fast you can run the 40 after all that. I ran a 4.6.

"Coach Sunseri told me I was a great athlete and would love to coach me. He is going to talk to coach Saban about me. Coach Saban was with the other campers and couldn't talk to me when I was about to leave. Coach Sunseri wants me to come back so coach Saban can offer me.

"Alabama is a great place. The facilities are blue chip. It was crazy. That's SEC football. I was blown away by the facilities. They have the biggest weight room in the country. They have efficient trainers. They have all the instruments you need for a great program. I don't know if I can get back down there because of transportation.

"An offer from Alabama would mean a lot. I think they could really make a serious move. I like coach Sunseri a lot. He is an honest guy. He is going to tell you how it is. I appreciate men like that who tell you what you need to hear instead of what you want to hear. If Alabama does offer that would be big."


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