UCLA Involved with Virginia LB

Aramide Olaniyan, the 6-2, 200-pound prospect from Woodberry Forest, Virginia, verbally committed to Duke, but the nation's #9-ranked outside linebacker prospect is still open and will visit a number of schools, including UCLA...

Aramide Olaniyan, the 6-2, 200-pound athlete from Woodberry Forest (Virg.) High, is verbally committed to Duke, but will take all five of his official visits.

In August he told Scout.com that he intends to officiall visit North Carolina, Michigan, UCLA, and Duke. He'll decide between Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest for his final official trip spot.

He said, ""I love everything that [Duke] is doing," Olaniyan said. "Coach [Jim] Collins is a great linebacker coach; it's going to be nice to work with him. But you only have the opportunity to do this once. Later on, I don't want to say ‘Oh man, I wish I went to UCLA, Michigan or North Carolina. I just want to make sure I visit and know why I went somewhere and didn't go somewhere else."

So far, Olaniyan ha arranged his official visit to UCLA for September 21st, Duke on December 5th, and Michigain December 12th. He has yet to set up his visit to North Carolina.

He will take an unofficial visit to Michigan.

"I'm going up with my coach's wife and my teammate Ed Reynolds to Michigan for their game against Notre Dame this weekend," Olaniyan said. "I'm still interested in Michigan and am going to be taking an official visit there this winter (this will not be official), so I'm just checking them out."

"I've been talking to Coach Tony Dews from there and have a good relationship with him. We've been talking consistently and has been telling me how good of a school Michigan is, so now my parents are finally starting to buy into that, so I'm going to take the trip up there."

After completing his official visits, Olaniyan believes his recruitment will be finalized.

"I should know the week after I make my final visit," Olaniyan said.

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