Aruna: "Southern Miss Was The Perfect Fit"

Today, the Eagles added one of the most intriguing prospects to ever come through Hattiesburg. The future Eagle is a two sport star who has been turning heads all over the south this summer, and earning offers from just about everyone. We've got the details and the interview right here.

Ade Aruna is one of the most intriguing prospects in the southeast. The 6'7, 230lb. freak of an athlete has been making such noise in camps that he's earned offers from Southern Miss, Alabama, and Mississippi State to name a few and he hasn't even played one down of football.

You read that right, he hasn't even played one down. Aruna is so talented, experts say, that he's a big time Division One prospect right now.

Aruna has a great story. From Nigeria, he came to the United States just over a year ago, and he came as a football player but not the kind that most think of in the southeast.

"When I came to the United States, I was a star soccer player for Nigeria because we didn't have football there," he said. "I thought that is where my future was, in soccer and basketball.

"I have offers to play college basketball as well. I was thinking those are going to be my two sports."

That all changed when he met Coach Zo.

"When Coach Zo was at UAB, I met him and he suggested that I tried football," he said. "I actually decided to give it a try so he started teaching me the game.

"I worked out and worked on my football in the summers and decided I'd try to go to some camps this summer. That is when everyone told me my future is in football."

One thing really stood out to him about football.

"I just love the contact and love to hit," he said. "Basketball and soccer are contact sports, but football is where you really get to go after people."

To say he's made shock waves is an understatement. In camps at Alabama, Southern Miss, Auburn, and elsewhere he ran a 4.6 and had a 40 inch vertical jump. He also, as one coach told me, "doesn't have any bad habits because he's never developed any."

As raw as they come, Aruna was told football is where his future lies.

"The coaches at every camp I went to made me an offer and said that I have what it takes to play college football," he said. "So, I decided that is what I am going to work on."

So, what about Southern miss stood out above the rest?

"I owe so much to Coach Zo and all that he's taught me," he said. "Everything I've learned and done in football is because of him.

"When he told me he wanted me at Southern Miss, I said, ok, I will take a visit there."

On that visit he heard and saw all he needed.

"I love the campus, loved the people, and loved everything about the school," he said. "I found out about their football program and how they win every year. I liked the conference USA and the teams they will be playing.

"It is just the right size. I even met the basketball coach who I liked but I don't think I'll be playing basketball because I would be too tired to do both.

"The coaches, the players, the program, everything. It is the perfect fit for me."

For now, Aruna is going to continue to work on his game and learn it as he goes. He's also going to play basketball for his high school, Central Park Christian. He's only going to play basketball because they do not have a football team.

There is no video out there of the prospect either, because he's only played football in camps. The sky is the limit with this kid, there is no doubt about that.

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