James Adeyanju Talks About Gopher Visit

James Adeyanju, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end from Chicago (IL) Curie, is one of the top defensive players in the Midwest. Adeyanju has already received 20 scholarship offers and visited Minnesota Saturday on an unofficial visit. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Adeyanju to learn the latest on his visit and his recruitment.

James Adeyanju, who is the younger brother of former Indiana star and current St. Louis Rams defensive end Victor Adeyanju, helped lead the Condors to a 6-5 mark, losing to Simeon 12-0 in the playoffs. Adeyanju runs a 4.82 forty yard dash and bench presses 225 pounds.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Adeyanju Sunday night to learn the latest on his visit and his recruitment.

How was the visit to Minnesota?

"It was great. I got to see the coaches and stuff. The stadium is new. It was real fun. That was the first time I had ever been to Minnesota."

Obviously, you are being highly recruited. I think you are up to 19 offers, is that right?

"I think it is 20 now. Louisville just offered me."

How does it feel to have that many schools that want you?

"It's shocking. A blessing. It makes me want to work harder and be the best that I can be."

Your brother is in the NFL. Has he helped you by telling you what it is like being recruited? Does that help you at all?

"We talk about that all the time. We talk about making my decision, the pressure, where I should go. He is giving me a lot of good advice."

So, you think that has been a big asset?

"A great asset."

Have you thought about what camps you might attend this summer?

"I don't think that I am going to go to any camps. I went to a lot camps last year that coaches invited me to, so there is no reason to go this year."

What other schools have you been to recently?

"Minnesota was the last one. Northwestern about two weeks ago. Illinois. I've been there twice. Wisconsin, I've been there once. Purdue."

What is going to be the biggest factor in picking one school over another when it comes to making your college decision?

"Just a combination of everything. Good football. Academics. Good people. Good coaches that will develop me into a good player. That is what I am looking for."

Have you thought about when you might make your decision?

"December. I want to get some official visits in."

Are there any schools you definitely want to make official visits to?

"There are only two of them that I definitely want to go to, Stanford and Wisconsin."

Why those two?

"I liked it at Wisconsin the first time I went there and I want to go back. I also want to go out to California."

If you are getting looks from Stanford and Northwestern, you must be a very good student. What is your GPA?


Have you thought much about what you'd like to major in at college?

" I'm thinking about broadcasting."

What do you know about the Gophers?

"What do I know about them? They're in the Big Ten. They just got their brand new stadium built. The coaches are really cool. On defense, they are a 4-3, but sometimes they switch to a 3-4. That's pretty much about it."

Do you play any other sports? Or are you football-only these days?

"My freshman year, I played basketball. I run track (4 x 100) and 4 x 200)."

What things are you working on to improve as a football player?

"Just my speed. That is pretty much what I need to work on. I think that I have the moves at defensive end to get to the quarterback."

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