On The Move

New Mexico Military defensive end Terry Ayeni has had an interesting journey to this point in his career. Is West Virginia his next stop?

Terry Ayeni is looking to settle down.

The New Mexico Military defensive standout has been on quite the journey. Born in England, he spent ten years in Nigeria before finally making a home in Canada, where he spent his high school years.

"Football in Canada isn't that big of a deal," Ayeni laughed. "When I played there my goal wasn't to play in the NCAA or NFL, it was to play because it was the only thing keeping me out of trouble and getting me through hard times."

It was football, however, that led him to New Mexico. Through a mutual contact of a friend who noticed his potential, Ayeni made his way to New Mexico Military.

Now wrapping up his second season in Roswell, N.M., life has certainly changed once again -- and his focus has turned to the next level. After being visited by West Virginia defensive line coach Erik Slaughter on Wednesday, Ayeni learned of the Mountaineers' scholarship offer.

"Coach Slaughter came by and talked with me and told me he was interested in me and like the way I played," Ayeni said. "I actually didn't know about the offer until he left, though. I went up to my coaches office after he left and he asked me what i thought about the offer. I was like, huh? I was just so excited."

During their brief conversations, Ayeni admits he feels good about the early relationship formed with Slaughter.

"He's a real funny guy, I know that," he said. "But, he's also straightforward. He wasn't a beat around the bush kind of guy. Everything was direct. Every answer he have to me was honest and straightforward and so was every question.

"He kept it really with me from the beginning," he continued. "I've spoken with a couple of schools who's coaches didn't really seem to know what they were talking about, but he definitely knew."

One things the Mountaineers have working in their favor, is former player -- and Ayeni's idol -- Bruce Irvin.

"I may not know a whole lot about the school, but I do know Bruce Irvin played there," he said. "I've watched his videos and highlight tapes a million times. He's my favorite player and it's neat I'm now being recruited by the school he played at."

Ayeni, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, currently holds offers from West Virginia, New Mexico and Idaho. Some larger schools, though, have began to take notice.

"I've been hearing from Oregon, Texas, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Oregon State," he said.

This upcoming weekend, Ayeni and his New Mexico Military teammates wrap their season up with a bowl game. Afterward, he'll switch his focus back to recruiting, which includes setting up an official visit to West Virginia.

"West Virginia is definitely a school I like, and I can't wait to visit there," Ayeni said. "They're supposed to be in contact this upcoming week about a date. I'm looking forward to it."

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