Four-year schools like Highland's Bakare

While he plays for a program still trying to find its way into the win column, Highland LB Tunde Bakare (5-11, 217) has four-year schools intrigued with his instincts, speed and athleticism. caught up with the talented defender and he updated us on things including where he's likely to end up playing once he makes the move to the next level...

Bakare prepped at Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.) High School and had hoped to sign with Maryland, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so after looking around, he decided Highland was the best school for him to try and get himself eligible to move on to the next level.

"Coach (Mike) Beagle coached my high school coach at one time, so there was some familiarity there," Bakare told recently. "I wish I had qualified, but since I didn't, I thought it would be good for me to get away and see a different area and just focus on school and football."

Playing the weakside linebacker position for the Scotties last season as a freshman, Bakare used his outstanding instincts and 4.37 speed to post 80 tackles and two sacks.

"I love to play football and I have good quickness to the ball," Bakare said. "My instincts and my speed are what really help me out a lot and I think that's what makes me different than other guys who play my position."

Recruiting has been pretty steady since the end of the 2009 season, with schools from all over showing him some interest, but five have been a little more intent on showing him attention.

"Kansas State told me they are real close to offering me," Bakare said. "Iowa State is the other school that is real close to offering too.

"UAB, Oregon State and USC all have been contacting me and saying they like what I have to offer, but I don't know if they are close to offering or not."

While he's a good tackler and he plays linebacker at the JUCO level, Bakare said most of the schools looking at him want him to move to safety.

"They all like my speed and my tackling-ability, so they want me to move to strong safety," Bakare said. "I'm fine with that, as long as I can help the team and get playing right away.

"I could play strong safety and then move to a nickel linebacker spot if that's what they need me to do."

Bakare expects to finish his AA degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

Over the weekend in a loss to Iowa Western, Bakare managed to post nine tackles and a sack. Next weekend, the Scotties face Garden City in their first league game.

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