Va. Teammates to Return to UNC

Woodberry Forest (Va.) teammates Aramide Olaniyan and Ed Reynolds plan to unofficially visit North Carolina on Saturday for the Georgia Southern game.

"We have a Friday game and I haven't been on campus in a while, so I'm definitely looking forward to get down there," Olaniyan said. "Ed and I are both very interested in North Carolina; that's why we want to go down there – to check things out."

Olaniyan, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker, and Reynolds, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety, haven't been in Chapel Hill since attending UNC's three-day camp in June.

Since then, Olaniyan has remained in regular contact with UNC, including weekly phone conversations with Butch Davis, UNC's linebacker coach Art Kaufman, and Olaniyan's primary recruiter Charlie Williams.

"I just feel really comfortable talking to them week-in and week-out," Olaniyan said. "They just talk about how much they want me, how I could make an impact at UNC, and where I fit in. Right now, they want me to get on campus soon and that's what I'm going to do this weekend."

In March, Olaniyan made a verbal commitment to Duke. However, he continued to field interest and visit other schools. A couple of weeks ago, he officially de-committed from Duke.

"I just wanted to give myself an opportunity to check out all the schools," Olaniyan said. "I know I committed early and I wanted to check out all my options before I make my final decision."

Since reopening his recruitment, Olaniyan has seen the interest continuously increase. Recently, NC State extended a scholarship offer, while Miami and Virginia are on the verge of following suit. Additionally, he says Notre Dame has "gotten back into it."

Being at Woodberry Forest, a boarding school, Olaniyan hasn't had an opportunity to speak to his parents about schools and thus assemble a favorite schools list.

"I would say I really don't have [any favorites]," Olaniyan said. "I just want to get a great education and have an opportunity to play good football, so if that's Duke, Michigan, UCLA, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, or Wake, or Virginia, or any of those schools – I'd be fine with any of them. I'm just weighing out all my options and seeing what's the best fit for me."

Olaniyan's self-imposed collegiate decision deadline is right after the Crab Bowl, which he can and will play in because he holds residence in Maryland. However, a verbal commitment could come much sooner.

"If I make a visit and I feel like that's the place for me and I don't need to take any more visits, then [a verbal commitment] could come then," Olaniyan said. "But I think I'll just take all [my official] visits and wait everything out."

Olaniyan has only one official visit scheduled – UCLA - and that trip was recently moved up to the weekend of Nov. 7. He says he'll "most likely" schedule official visits with Michigan, UNC, and Vanderbilt.

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