Visits Begin for Amajoyi

It's a big weekend for Chike Amajoyi. Tonight he leads Aquinas in their playoff opener, followed immediately by his first of four expected official visits. The San Bernardino (Calif.) standout is certain of trips to three Pac-10 schools. Where does Stanford appear on that schedule, and could his admissions status become clear soon? Read on for these answers and more.

Following San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas High School's first round playoff game with Rio Hondo Prep this evening, senior running back/linebacker Chike Amajoyi (6-0, 223), will head east on the 10 Freeway to take an official visit to Arizona State.

For Amajoyi, it will be the first of at least four official trips that he's planning to take.

"I'm going to ASU this weekend, Washington in mid-December and then Stanford in January.  I'm also probably going to Utah - I just don't know when exactly.  I'll look to take the remaining trip between now and January," Amajoyi reports.

Whether Amajoyi does take that fifth trip remains to be seen, as his top four is pretty solid.

"Those three that I have trips set to [ASU, Washington and Stanford] and Utah are my top four," he says.

With four schools on top, Amajoyi says no school has emerged as the favorite.

"They're all pretty even, pretty equal," Amajoyi maintains.  "That is why I'm looking forward to my official visits because that will really help me.  I'll probably start deciding when I take them, after I see what the school is like and the people are like."

Stanford has been recruiting Amajoyi for quite some time, and his admission status with the school should be known in the very near future.

"I finished the application some time ago.  I'm supposed to find out either later this week or at the beginning of next week," Amajoyi comments on the Cardinal.  "I'm feeling pretty good about my chances, though."

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 five AP classes on the schedule.  Amajoyi scored an 1870 on the SAT.

Where Amajoyi plays on the football field, continues to be a discussion point with each of the schools he's considering.

"Most of them are looking at me as a running back, but it depends on what I feel like is the most comfortable for me.  I don't always feel comfortable on defense, and I prefer running back.  It's the position I am the most comfortable with, and I've played it with more consistency.  Running back is what I've been doing the longest, so most schools want me as a running back," Amajoyi explains.  "But I guess they also like me as an athlete."

It has been on offense, though, where Amajoyi has made his mark this year, rushing for over 1,700 yards at nearly 10 yards per carry and scoring 25 touchdowns, helping Aquinas bounce back from a slow start en route to a second place league finish.  They came up a game short for the league title, losing to eventual champion Ontario Christian 21-13 in the regular season finale.

This weekend, Amajoyi will have to switch gears, transforming from gametime demeanor to recruiting pressure once on his official visit.

But it's not fazing him, at least not yet.

"I can deal with it until I make that decision," Amajoyi says.  "This is what I chose to do, and it's been fun getting the attention from coaches and people around here.  My family has been great; they're letting me decide and just making sure I get all of the applications all in on time."

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