"I currently have 14 offers, and Michigan, UCLA, Utah and Cal stand out the most right now." Akingbulu's recruitment took off just before the Spring eval period, and he saw new offers come in almost daily, but he says that has slowed down a bit as of late. "My recruitment has been really good. It's been a blessing. Things have cooled down a little in the last couple weeks, but I've gotten more familiar with the process," said Akingbulu. "I've learned that it's important to stay humble, and also how important it is to have a genuine connection with college coaches." A connection and good relationship with the coaching staff is an important factor in Akingbulu's recruitment, and he was able to see early on which relationships were better than others. "I love the environment and coaches of those four schools. They have shown the most interest in me, and they all have great futures."
Akingbulu visited Salt Lake City unofficially the week before their Spring Game in April, and he was able to see what the Utes have to offer, as well as get to know his recruiters even better than before. "Utah has a home away from home asepct to it, as it's not too far away from California. I also get along really well with the coaches, and they genuinely want me to succeed. I love the way their future is heading." The Utes have been utilizing a new recruiting tactic in 2015, as they've been having both an area recruiter and position recruiter stay in contact with prospective recruits, and Akingbulu has gotten along great with both of his main recruiters thus far. "Coach Harding and Coach Shah are the ones recruiting me from Utah. They're both great coaches. We meet eye to eye on many things, and they're fun to be around. I could definitely see myself playing for Coach Harding."
Having taken those unofficial visits, Akingbulu has a good idea in which schools would be the best fit for him, but says he's still remaining open to other schools. He stressed that he's looking for good education, a great atmosphere and great coaching at the schools he ultimately decides to attend. Akingbulu said he'll likely make his decision sometime during his senior season, and will also plan on taking official visits, though he may not use all five.
Check out Akingbulu's junior highlights here.