Three-star OL enjoys Duke visit

As the Blue Devils continue to look for reinforcements along the offensive line in the recruiting class of 2006, Duke's recruiting radar has zeroed in on one of the top linemen in the state of Illinois. After visiting Duke in July, Timi Oshinowo left the Durham campus very impressed with everything he'd seen and heard. As he begins his senior season, it would appear as though he's finally getting a handle on his recruitment and where he wants it to go.

"I had a great time when I visited Duke," said Timi Oshinowo, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound standout lineman at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill. "Coach Yano [offensive line coach Don Yanowsky], who is my recruiting coach, showed me around the campus and the facilities. I had a terrific time."

Rated as a three-star offensive line prospect by, Oshinowo is the younger brother of All-Pac 10 Stanford defensive lineman Babatunde Oshinowo. However, do not think Timi is willing to stand in his brother's shadow. After growing past his brother in terms of size, Timi is now looking forward to making an impact at the collegiate level, something identified early by the Duke coaching staff.

"They were the first staff to really get in with me and they are my first offer," Oshinowo said. "After touring the campus I had a chance to go meet with [head coach Ted Roof] in his office."

After arriving on campus with no official offers on the table, Oshinowo said his conversation with Roof was a bit of a relief.

"He asked me if I was willing to work hard in the weight room," Oshinowo. "I told him that I already do, and he said I needed to continue to do that and to work harder. Then he asked if anyone had offered me a scholarship at this point. The other schools were waiting for me to visit and see some more tape before they did. He told me that he wanted them to be the first school to offer me a scholarship."

With eyes on earning his degree in engineering, Oshinowo was careful to listen to the entire presentation during his time at Duke, something he said was very well thought out.

"They gave me a chance to sit down with the head of the engineering department and ask a lot of questions," Oshinowo said. "With academics being such a big part of my decision, I was really impressed with the way they showed me that side of things."

Other highlights reported were the trip around the west campus, a tour of Cameron Indoor Stadium, and a trip to the top of Duke Chapel.

"That was just beautiful," said Oshinowo of his trip to the top of Duke's most recognizable landmark. "You could see the entire campus from up there."

Though his Duke visit was a success, Oshinowo said he is not going to rush into making his commitment any time soon. And even with Duke being his sole offer at this point, he said he is expecting to get similar attention from a number of programs, including Stanford, Michigan State, Indiana, Northwestern and Wisconsin, as soon as he sends out his senior tape.

"Right now I've got a lot of good information as far as my decision goes," he said. "I don't know if I'll need to take all my official visits. It'll probably just be a feeling I get, but I think I'll just know."

Oshinowo, who reports a bench press max of 300 pounds, is fully qualified and maintains a 3.85 grade point average.

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