"I'm Looking at Everybody"

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we have an interview from one Michigan's finest in defensive end C.J. Olaniyan from Warren Mott. Check out the latest in this SI update.

Despite the offers steady pouring in, Warren Mott (MI) defensive end C.J. Olaniyan wants to keep everything in perspective. He has nearly 20 offers in hand, but he looks at this time right now to do homework.

That is, in the classroom and out.

"I have like 18-20 offers right now, and I am looking at everybody," Olaniyan said. "I've been on a few visits and I plan to make more."

As of this past weekend, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Olaniyan had offers from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Central Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Eastern Michigan, Akron, Wisconsin and Cincinnati.

As for visits, Olaniyan has been to most of the schools within his state, but has also made appearances to Penn State, Kentucky, Iowa, Cincinnati, and Ohio State, a program he said has not offered.

His latest visit was to Cincinnati, which was about a week and a half ago. In fact, while he was on the way, he had a visitor and a phone called that landed him one of his later offers.

"While I was on my way to Cincinnati, the Oklahoma coaches came by the school. Of course, I was not on campus," Olaniyan said. "My coach called me on the phone and said that there was a visitor there for me and asked me to call back.

Olaniyan could not recall the name of the Sooner coach, but did remember the conversation well.

"The (Oklahoma) coach asked me if I had any interest in OU and I told him yes," Olaniyan said. "He told me that he thought that I could do good things there and that they needed guys to take it to the next level and get back to the national championship. He told me that he was offering me a full scholarship and that he would be back next week."

And though he has not done any extensive research to date, Olaniyan said that he does know that the Sooner program has been successful for many years and feels like he can contribute to them.

But then again, all the programs in pursuit are all on the same page.

"I like Oklahoma, but I like all of the schools that have offered me the same amount." Olaniyan said. "There are no favorites, but I feel like I can bring something to the table. I bring the will to win and the ability to make plays. I do everything."

Olaniyan finished the season with 82 tackles and nine sacks.


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