'07 Unwrapped: Chike Amajoyi

One of the newer faces on Stanford's recruiting board is San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas High School running back Chike Amajoyi. He emerged late in the spring, including a strong performance at a combine on the Cardnial campus. With three Pac-10 offers and two brothers before him to play college ball in the Bay Area, Amajoyi's is a story that needs to be told.

Chike Amajoyi is no stranger to the recruiting process.

The 6-foot-0, 210-pound running back/safety from San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas watched his two older brothers go through the very same thing before they made their college decisions (Obi with California and Dozie with UC Davis).

With the attention now turning to the youngest of the three, Amajoyi says he knows what to expect.

"I knew a little about the recruiting," Amajoyi explains. "You see all the coaches coming through and have coaches at school all the time. So I know what's going on."

For Amajoyi, what is currently going on is five schools have extended offers and four more have been showing a great deal of interest.

"I've been offered by Stanford, Washington, Arizona State, Utah and UTEP," he lists.  "USC, Colorado, Colorado State and Idaho have been writing me a lot, too."

Two schools, though, stand out for Amajoyi, with one slightly in front of the other.

"Stanford and Washington are my top two schools," Amajoyi allows.  "Stanford is my leader."

With the long process of filling out the application for admission into Stanford looming, Amajoyi isn't wasting anytime getting started on it.

"I've been filling out the preliminary part of it, the basic information.  I haven't started on the essays just yet," the recruit relates.  "It's not any harder than what I expected most college applications to be."

Amajoyi said he has a rough timetable for when he'd like to complete the Cardinal admissions application packet.

"I'm trying to get it done before the season, at least most of it," Amajoyi offers.  "The first deadline is September for the first section.  I plan on having most of it done before the end of August."

The academic side of college is something that will play a major factor for Amajoyi.  "Whatever is best academically, that will be an advantage," he maintains.

Chike Amajoyi currently has a 3.9 weighted GPA (3.6 unweighted) and ranks 11th in his class at Aquinas.  During his junior year, he took three AP classes and two honors classes.  His senior year has no less than five AP classes on the schedule.  Amajoyi scored an 1870 on his first crack at the SAT earlier this spring.

For such a strong student-athlete, would his acceptance into Stanford expedite his decision to choose the Cardinal?

"It would definitely help, but it won't be the only reason," Amajoyi answers.

Stanford's interest in the Aquinas athlete began late in the school year.  Amajoyi had a strong performance at the San Bernardino County Combine and then followed it up with a good showing at the Stanford Nike Camp.  Ironically enough, it was right there on the Cardinal campus where his stock began to rise.

"I had one of the best overall ratings at the San Bernardino combine and that's when most schools started to see me," Amajoyi says.  "Then at the Stanford Nike Camp, that just helped me because other coaches could see me."

Buzz Preston was the Cardinal coach who initially sought out Amajoyi, and though he has an offer from Stanford, he says his contact with them thus far has been minimal, due in part to the NCAA rules and recruiting calendar.

"There really is no specific coach I've heard from," Amajoyi explains.  "I'm not as comfortable with their staff as I am with other schools because they haven't really been able to contact me.  That's what I want to get a chance to see the school, any school really, and talk with the coaches some more."

When he was in Palo Alto for the camp, he was able to walk around a bit but didn't get to see as much of the campus as he had hoped.

"I really want to get up their unofficially, but with the season coming up, I don't know if I'll be able to," Amajoyi admits.

Amajoyi has talked with the Stanford staff enough, however, to know that they like him on offense: "Most schools like me as a linebacker, but Stanford likes me as a running back."

Running back is not a bad place for Amajoyi to end up, coming off a fine junior season in which he rushed for 1,592 yards (9.2 yard average) and had 25 touchdowns (including one for 92 yards).  But he's no slouch on defense, where he had 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions on defense.

Now, he's focusing on what he hopes is a big senior year.

"We just finished up passing league so now it's a dead period," the Aquinas athlete says.  "I'm trying to lift hard and gain weight."

One thing he's not planning to do, though, is make a decision on his college selection just yet.

"I want to take all of my visits," Amajoyi declares.  "I don't think I'll make my decision early."

Aquinas opens their 2006 season with Big Bear on September 8th.

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