Amajoyi is a big hitter

Linebacker/running back Chike Amajoyi (6-0, 214, 4.6) from Aquinas High School in San Bernardino, Calif., said he is being recruited more as a linebacker but prefers being a running back. Here's what he had to say.

"Linebackers are usually the bigger, stronger athletes on the field and coaches say my size and weight is good for that position. But I've been playing as a running back longer and I'm more fluid and comfortable with the ball in my hands," Amajoyi said. The Aquinas High School prospect said he favors Stanford slightly over Washington, Arizona State and Utah. All have offered.

"I'm best at hitting, and I'm working on my speed on the field and my overall awareness as a linebacker. I practice early with coaches and then alone later in the day; and watching films helps me become a better player, too.

"Stanford has the balance of academics and athletics. It's a good Pac-10 school and their games are mostly televised. They focus incredibly on academics and they have an extreme process of admittance. I had to fill out an application to attend the school before my football offer even counted," he said. "Stanford is the only school of my top four recruiting me as a running back, which I prefer. I also have a lot of family nearby in the Bay Area. My parents want me to go to Stanford, too. I went to the Nike camp, and it's about seven hours from home.

"I may visit Washington for the first time in August, but it's not concrete. I like the coaching staff a lot. They always keep in communication with me and they gave me my first offer. I feel like I know coach (Tyrone) Willingham personally because he's the only head coach I've spoken with so far. I also really like my recruiting coordinator, (Trent) Miles, and I feel like I can trust both coaches," Amajoyi said.

"My cousin, Lance Evbuomwan, is a year ahead of me and he's going to be an incoming freshman tight end at Arizona State. We became really close just through us both playing football. Our families didn't get to see each other much last year, so it would be cool to play with him on the same team in college," he said.

"I've seen Utah on TV a lot, and I've talked to their coaching staff. They just offered me about three weeks ago. Their athletic program is strong.

"Talking to the coaches at each school more will help me narrow down my decision. I'll also see what advice my older brothers have because Obi (Amajoyi) played center at Cal Berkeley, and Dozie (Amajoyi) will be playing running back or linebacker at UC Davis next year. I'll also be taking official visits to Stanford, Washington and Arizona State if nothing else arises--and then I'll commit before the season ends.

Amajoyi has a 315 pound bench press, 485 squat and 38" vertical jump. He scored 25 TDs last season.

He reports a 4.0 GPA and an 1870 SAT. Top Stories