"I committed to NC State," he said. "The school is good and I'm trying to be there in January. The facilities are better than any of the other schools I've been to in my life. I mean, it was a pretty easy decision. Curtis Underwood hosted me on my visit."
Akinniyi has started every game of his career at Northeastern. As a redshirt freshman in 2007 he started all 11 games at outside linebacker, totaling 42 tackles with two sacks. During his sophomore campaign he tallied 59 tackles and led the team in sacks (6.0) and tackles for a loss (8.5). He also forced two fumbles and recovered two others.
This year he made the move to defensive end, and in nine games Akinniyi recorded 31 tackles and 10.5 tackles for a loss.
Akinniyi is free to transfer without sitting a season because Northeastern University elected to discontinue its intercollegiate football program in November.
Academically he's strong in the classroom, as he carries a 3.47 GPA in Business Management. Last month he was named to ESPN the Magazine's Academic All-District first team, and Akinniyi is also a two-time CAA Football All-Academic team selection.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder will have one year to play one season at NC State and will be able to enroll in January.
Pack Pride will have more from Akinniyi in the near future so stay tuned!