Olaniyan Loves To Compete

Aramide Olaniyan of Woodberry Forest School (Va.) made his second visit to Notre Dame this year. This time he was all business, as his lone goal was to land a scholarship offer from the Irish coaching staff.

Aramide Olaniyan (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) knew what he wanted to accomplish with his effort at the Notre Dame football camp today, and he believes he did everything that he possibly could in order to land a scholarship offer.

"I really enjoyed my visit today," Olaniyan responded when asked about his camp experience. " I had a chance to work with coach Tenuta and coach Brown. I went down there and did the things that I needed to do competitively. I love to compete and I was definitely the linebacker that got the most reps today. I think I showed my explosiveness and my speed today. I enjoyed myself.

"They said that they'd get back to me right after the end of the three-day camp, so I'll know then how it all went. From my performance today, I definitely think that I should get an offer. I went down there and did everything that I wanted to do and hopefully things work out for the best.

"There were a bunch of really good athletes out there, that were trying to do exactly what I was doing, trying to earn a scholarship offer," Olaniyan said. "I think both Ed and I achieved what we were trying to do. There were definitely a bunch of good athletes on the field though."

Olaniyan had previously traveled to Notre Dame in February for a junior day, but upon arriving he got another look at the campus.

"I got a tour of the campus last night with my teammate Ed Reynolds and two of my coaches," Olaniyan explained. "We did the tour at nighttime, and Golden Tate showed us around. They gave us a big-timer, and we got a chance to talk to him while we toured the campus. He was a down to earth guy. He talked highly about Notre Dame, and I got the impression that he really liked the school and what the coaches were doing. We had a nice talk with him.

"It was a lot warmer today than my other visit, so it was already a lot better. I'd say that this trip was on the same level as my visit to Duke. I really enjoyed myself, but wish I had more time today to spend time on campus. It was one of the fastest visits I've had. We got in there last night, toured the campus, went to the camp today and left."

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