In a way Kingsley Akinwole is trying to get to where he was last year.
The Trinity Valley Community College defensive tackle told PonyStampede.com Thursday that he has no offers at this point after receiving offers from Abilene Christian and Texas A&M Commerce last year.
That is not, however, where Akinwole wants to be. That is why he passed on the Division-II offers in hopes of landing an even better offer this year.
That offer has not come yet for the junior college sophomore. The defensive tackle is, however, receiving letters from numerous Division-I programs like Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, Oregon State and even LSU.
Akinwole said he received interest from Southern Methodist University in high school but has not heard from the Mustangs since enrolling at Trinity Valley Community College.
He said he is still interested, however, in playing for his hometown university. "It'd be a blessing," he said of a chance to play at SMU. "Coming from having problems in high school grade wise…it'd show everybody I made it."
Akinwole does not exactly need that offer to prove he has made it. The 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle earned honorable mention All-Conference honors last season after registering 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks. And he has used the weight room to improve physically; he has gained 40 pounds since stepping onto campus, and the class room to improve his grades.
Yet, once again, the sophomore is not satisfied with his accomplishments from last season. "I'm trying to dominate the conference," he said. "I can improve a lot."
Akinwole said he wants to register 40 tackles next season and 6.5 sacks. If he is able to do that, and obtain a Division-I offer in the process, then all his lofty aspirations will have paid off.