While on his official visit to Stanford this past weekend, San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas High School senior Chike Amajoyi knew that the Cardinal staff wanted him. Yet it was not until Monday night that he found out that the admissions office would make it that much easier for the football coaches.
"I actually just found out at about 8:30 (PST)," Amajoyi says. "I called coach Nate Nelson earlier to ask him if he knew if I got in. He saw my number and called here and told me I was in. It felt good to know I was in, so now I don't have to worry about it."
With his acceptance to Stanford, Amajoyi says his options are now clear: the Cardinal or the Washington Huskies.
"Before, even if I wanted to choose Stanford, I couldn't because I didn't know if I was in yet. But now I feel like my options are open. Now I can make my real decision," Amajoyi offers.
Now All-CIF running back will choose between the two Pac-10 schools. The last two weekends, he has been able to visit each of the campuses, and this week each school will get one last shot at making their pitch.
"Coach [Chris] Tormey is coming here on Wednesday, and then Coach [Willie] Taggart will be here on Thursday," the recruit reports. "After the two coaches come in and I hear their final words, I will be able to make my final decision. I might make it this weekend."
Amajoyi says that while he awaited word from Stanford on his acceptance, he was already going over the points about each of his two finalists.
"I've been going over it with family - discussing it. All of the different scenarios, the pros and cons. They're leaving it up to me, but everyone has input. We're going to talk about it. We're going to get down to it and get our decision made. My family is helping out a lot," Amajoyi says.
On the Aquinas athlete's visit to Stanford, he was hosted by redshirt freshman inside linebacker Fred Campbell.
"It went really well," Amajoyi begins. "They had a faculty breakfast while we were there, and we got to meet with actual teachers. I'm going into medicine, so I got to meet with a biology teacher and got to speak with her, hear her opinion on the school and how she would be able to help me. Every teacher there spoke on their views on Stanford. It gave me the feeling that this was a great place."
Amajoyi also raves about the players and the new coaching staff.
"All the players are great guys, intelligent guys. At Stanford, you have to be accepted, and knowing they were all accepted and that they are all bright guys, it helps keep everyone balanced. That's what I'm looking for. They're great athletes, but they're still great students," Amajoyi explains.
It was also his first extended time talking to new Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Coach Harbaugh, he's great. And the players, they're feeling that. Everyone is optimistic," the recruit relates.
Amajoyi says he has no plans for any more official trips, and following the in-home visits, he will spend a day or two thinking over his decision before announcing his commitment.
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