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Duke getting a commitment from a four-star prospect is usually no big deal. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devil basketball program land highly regarded recruits every year. But Aramide Olaniyan is a Duke commit that will not be playing at Cameron Indoor. Instead, he will be running onto the field at Wallace Wade Stadium for David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devil football team.

The native of Woodbury Forest, Va. is a passing rushing specialist that accumulated 13 sacks and 60 tackles in 2008. Those numbers earned him his Scout.com ranking as the nation's No. 18 defensive end prospect, though Duke recruited him as an outside linebacker.. At 6-foot-1 and just 195-pounds, Olaniyan has a long way to go before he is strong enough to compete at that position in the ACC. His athleticism, though, will make him very hard to handle once he adds that weight. Olaniyan's offer list included schools such as Michigan, Auburn, Boston College, and Stanford.

LSU picked up their sixth commitment for 2010 when they received word that four-star safety Eric Reid would be attending the Baton Rouge school following his graduation from Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Reid played free safety this past fall, piling up 47 tackles and intercepting four passes despite playing most of the year with an injured shoulder. He committed to LSU by showing up to a Tiger spring practice wearing an LSU hat. LSU was his leader from the start and he chose the Tigers over Tennessee, Stanford, Tulane, and Georgia.

Another four-star player to make a college decision this past week was Reggie Wilson, who claimed a spot on the Texas commitment list before there were none left to claim. The defensive end from Haltom City, Texas had 87 tackles and nine sacks this past fall for Haltom High School. This week Scout.com came out with their latest Top 100 for 2010 and the 6-foot-3, 238-pounder is on the list at No. 41. Wilson picked Texas over TCU, despite having offers from schools like Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC, Florida, and Florida State.

While Wilson became Texas's 21st commitment, Georgia got their first commit of the year, landing Dalton, Ga. defensive end Jalen Fields. Currently, Fields relies on his size (6-foot-5, 240-pounds) and athletic ability to dominate opponents. He is raw, but the Georgia coaches will refine his game and bring the most out of his immense physical abilities. Fields had offers from Alabama, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Florida State, and Mississippi.

Georgia was not the only SEC school to secure a commitment from a pass rushing end. Vanderbilt went down to the Florida keys to get 6-foot-4, 240-pound Thomas Ryan. In 2008, Ryan had 80 tackles and 12 sacks in leading his Marathon High School team to a 7-3 record. Ryan committed to the Commodores shortly after returning home from his trip to the Nashville campus, where he received his offer from head coach Bobby Johnson. He picked Vandy over Kentucky.

Florida State accepted a commitment from Lakeland, Fla. defensive back Chad Abrams. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Abrams has the versatility to play any position in the secondary, but the Seminoles will start him out at free safety. He will also be a valuable resource on special teams. Florida State was his first offer, but Clemson, Florida, and Miami had showed interest.


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