Finding big, athletic defensive ends who can rush the passer and play the run is one of the most difficult chores for college coaches today. The real good ones are hard to find, but as soon as a college coach lays his eyes on Chancey Aghayere it doesn't take long for them to realize that he is the real deal.
Chancey was a part-time starter as a sophomore before settling into the starter's role last season. It didn't take him long to start dominating games as he finished with 64 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and four sacks.
"I am excited that people even notice me," said Aghayere. "It certainly keeps me motivated to continue to do well and actually play better. I think I am good player and would like to think that I am one of the better defensive ends in the country, but there is no way I can know that for sure. As long as people who cover high school and college football continue to say so, then I will accept it and continue to play as hard as I can."
Aghayere's size is a big advantage for him, but that alone is not what makes him such a talented player.
"I think my ability to use my quickness and power together with good technique," Aghayere said is his biggest strength. "I have a lot of explosiveness and know how to get to around the corner. I have a good first step and that helps me a lot."
Aghayere benches 295 pounds, squats 315 and he has posted a 32-inch vertical jump. He also starts in hoops averaging 10 points and eight rebounds a game. He has been offered by Texas, OU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Miami, Georgia, Florida , LSU, Notre Dame, USC, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Purdue and admits that he has a top five.
"My top five is Texas , LSU, Florida, OU and Notre Dame," said Aghayere. "Those five schools have been pretty consistent with me for a little while now."
"My thoughts on Oklahoma have pretty much been the same for some time," said Aghayere. "They are always playing in the big games and they play great defense at OU. They play an attacking style of defense that I like to play. OU always has a lot of people running to the ball."
Aghayere went to Junior Days at OU, Texas and Texas A&M.
"The campus at OU was smaller than the one at Austin and A&M," said Aghayere. "The campus at OU was closer together. I liked that about OU. I don't have a favorite and want to take my official visits before my birthday, which is on September 17. I want to announce my decision on my birthday."
Aghayere admits that he grew up a Texas and Florida fan. He plans to go to several camps this summer starting with a camp in Fort Worth . He also plans to attend the Texas and OU summer camps.