Class of 2017 Three-star Chicago (Ill.) Marist High outside linebacker Micah Awodiran is one of the top players at his position in the Midwest. He is physical, fast and has great instincts. That is why Awodiran has many suitors.
One of those schools, the Syracuse Orange, is in contact on a regular basis. During their communication, Syracuse continues to let him know he is a big priority.
"Pretty much everyday," Awodiran said. "They let me know I'm at the top of their list defensively. I probably here 'you're our guy' in every conversation we have. It's good to know that I'm wanted."
Awodiran has been in contact with Syracuse co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis, linebackers coach Tom Kaufman and head coach Dino Babers. In fact, Lewis stopped by Marist High during the valuation period to see him perform in person.
"Yes sir, coach Lewis was out here early this week," Awodiran said, "to watch workouts."
Lewis left a packet with his head coach that was passed along to the Chicago native. It explained their political science program and the universities academics as a whole.
Awodiran has not been to the Syracuse campus yet, but he hopes to be out there soon. That will give him a new perspective on the school in order to properly evaluate where they stand.
"Haven't been out there so it's hard to gauge (my interest)," he said. "From what I know about the coaching staff and the academics, I'd say they're in the top half.
"We did have a (visit) date for summer but the dead period that's in the summer kind of got in the way of that. So we're trying to secure another date."
When the three-star talent does visit, he wants to learn more about the academic support system, check out the dorms and see the facilities in person. Also, he hopes to get a feel for what the vibe is around the program as well as how the coaches interact with the players.