Oruwariye: "That's Big Time Football"

ShowMeMizzou.com reported on Florida defensive back Amani Oruwariye showing up on the Missouri Tigers radar screen late Monday night. Things have progressed between him and the Tigers, and he updates us on his interest in Mizzou along with his recruitment.

ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with 2014 DB prospect Amani Oruwariye 6’2” 185 Tampa (FL) Gaither, who this week has been talking with the Missouri coaching staff.

Oruwariye recently decommitted from Vanderbilt, and he returned home from a visit to Penn State over the weekend still open to a potential destination school. So, when Missouri Assistant Coach Alex Grinch called to gauge Oruwariye’s interest, he told Coach Grinch that he was indeed interested in the reigning SEC East champs.

“Oh, yeah. That’s big-time football,” said Oruwariye, when I asked him earlier this week about his interest in Missouri.

Missouri Assistant Coach Brian Jones, who typically recruits the Tampa area, had an in-home visit with Oruwariye on Monday. And on Tuesday, the Tigers offered Oruwariye and told him that they want him to visit Missouri this weekend (1-31-14).

It appears that Oruwariye will visit Missouri this weekend. He said that he wants to take an official visit to Missouri.

Earlier this week, Oruwariye told me that “there is a chance” that he’ll end up playing for Missouri. He reported a personal best of 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Oruwariye named Penn State, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt as other schools, along with Missouri, that are in the picture for him heading into the final weekend of the recruiting cycle.

Oruwariye has been playing cornerback, but he does have the size potential to grow into a safety. He talked about his interest in Missouri.

“They won the SEC East their second year in the SEC,” explained Oruwariye. “I’ve only heard good things about them. I definitely want to go up there and see what it’s all about. I know it’s late in the process, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

Because of the fallout from the coaching carousel, Missouri does seem to be Oruwariye’s best option at this late juncture.


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