“It’s huge,” Oladipo told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I’m happy they think that I have the talent to play in the SEC. I don’t really see anybody recruit heavy in the Illinois area, so it’s honestly a blessing that they get this kid from Huntley and offered me. So that’s pretty cool.”
Oladipo is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end at Huntley (Ill.) High School. The three-star defensive end has a good list of offers already — including Illinois and Michigan State — and is hoping to narrow things down and make a commitment before too long.
“I would like to release my top schools in the coming weeks and then be committed before my senior season,” Oladipo said, “but that could always change.”
What do college coaches say they like about him?
“They say they like my speed off the ball and they especially like how in my film I’m like the first man down the field on kickoffs — so they know I can run,” Oladipo said. “Just my quickness off the ball. I can bring good football I.Q., I try to make my teammates better and I’m going to go hard every practice and try to get playing time. That’s what it comes down to.”
Oladipo said most schools see him either as a traditional defensive end or a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker type of player.
Missouri has a strong history with those kind of players, something Tigers defensive line coach Jackie Shipp encouraged Oladipo to look into when he extended the scholarship offer this week.
The defensive end prospect said he hasn’t researched Missouri yet, but plans to. He’s also planning to visit campus at some point this summer to get a better look at the school.
“I don’t really know too much about Missouri, but I do have a family member over there and my neighbor is actually going to go there too so he said I can come hang out with him when I go down this summer,” Oladipo said. “So that will be the perfect opportunity to go visit.”