Aramide Olaniyan has seen his recruiting pick up lately after taking back his verbal commitment from Duke.
Pretty much everyone has started to
get back in touch with the free agent from Woodberry Forest, Va., and
Olaniyan is excited about the prospects of some schools looking at him.
In fact, Monday was a pretty busy day for him.
"Things have really begun to pick up for me since I de-committed from Duke," Olaniyan stated. "Tennessee, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke and Miami
have all called tonight and obviously I haven't gotten to get back to
them, but it's exciting to see all the interest coming in."
Olaniyan already has scholarship offers from UCLA and Michigan, two schools that have been consistently recruiting him that he's very high on.
"UCLA and Michigan are definitely in my top three right now and
I'm trying to figure out who my third would be. If Notre Dame offered
I'm pretty sure they'd move up into that top three as well, but like I don't have an offer from them yet,"
The athletic linebacker is also talking to North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Miami.
"All of those schools have unique things that I like about them, so I'm
just going to continue to research them online and talk to my parents
about who the best fit would be," Olaniyan explained. "I have been
talking to UCLA on a weekly basis and talked to Coach Rick Neuheisel
last week. He's a great guy and we've had the chance to build a great
relationship since we first met last spring. He's always a great guy to
speak with and I'm pumped to go out there for my official visit in
November and learn more about the school."
On Notre Dame, he said: "I've been talking to Coach Corwin Brown from Notre Dame
through e-mail and he says they want my newest film, so I'm going to get
that to him as soon as I possibly can. I'm going
to be talking to him this week and am looking forward to that. Notre
Dame is just a great school and I feel like Coach Charlie Weis
definitely has them going in the right direction, so I'm definitely
interested in them, but I need to get an offer from them before I know
how high my interest is."
Olaniyan also spoke about North Carolina: "I also talked to Coach Butch Davis from North Carolina and
he's another guy that it's always a pleasure talking to because when I
met him this summer at camp he was really good with me. UNC is a great
school and they're doing a bunch of great things with the football
program with recruiting and how they're playing on the field. I have
built some great relationships with players that go to UNC, so that
would be another school I'd already have some friends and family at."
Last Friday, Olaniyan grabbed another offer, from North Carolina State.
"I picked up an offer from North Carolina State, which I was glad to get," Olaniyan explained. "I talked to the
coaching staff for about 20 minutes or so, but I didn't get the chance
to talk to Coach (Tom) O'Brien. I'm going to take an unofficial visit
there because there are already a bunch of kids from Woodberry that go
to NC State."
With all the phone calls Monday, it only added to his busy day, since he had to prepare to teach a class at his school Tuesday.
"I'm actually teaching my English class, so I spent all night
studying for a French test and now I'm reading a book that I have to
take quotes out of and teach the class based off of that," Olaniyan
explained. "The whole class is doing it, so I'm not trying to be a
teacher or anything. I'm going to be a lawyer."
Olaniyan has 13 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks in two games
so far this season.
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