June 14, 2009

Olaniyan explains his status

Devils Illustrated informed you of the commitment of Woodberry Forest (Va.) Woodberry Forest School athlete Aramide Olaniyan, and we were also the first to inform you that he was planning on visiting other schools. Where does the 6-foot-2, 201-pound athlete stand on things today?

Olaniyan told all in a recent phone interview, discussing everything from the status of his commitment to Duke to his thoughts on his three-star ranking, according to Rivals.com.

First and foremost, is he still committed to the Blue Devils?

"I feel pretty confident about things," Olaniyan explained. "I'm confident about Duke. I'll be visiting and camping at Notre Dame and trying to get an offer from them on (June) 30, and my coach will be coming along. I'll probably end up going to UCLA, too. I've talked to the coach about going to see their campus and things over there. But I feel like I'm gonna be at Duke."

When asked what it would take to sway him from his commitment to the Blue Devils, Olaniyan was unsure.

"I haven't really thought too much about that," he said. "I haven't thought that far ahead. Duke's the school that has really blown me away, so I don't know what it would take.

"Academics are a big reason why I chose Duke and they're very important. It's that and football equally with me, but academics are a big part in my choice. That definitely played a big role in what I did (in committing) and everything."

The three-star prospect from the commonwealth of Virginia is just about on his way to Duke for yet another visit. He spoke in some detail about that.

"I'm going to Duke on Monday," Olaniyan said on Sunday afternoon. "They have it set up where I'll be able to do kind of a camp with coach (Jim) Collins. I'll be on campus Monday through Wednesday, and I'll be staying with Abraham Kromah, the linebacker. I'll kind of get a chance to familiarize myself more with the team and hang out with the coaches.

"I've been talking to coach Collins every week and coach (Kurt) Roper about every two days. I talked to Anthony (Boone) yesterday and I've been keeping in touch with all my future teammates.

"We all feel like they're (Duke) definitely getting everything turned around. The coaches are fired up about the way things are looking. I'm just talking to everybody and confident about things."

With offers from the likes of Florida State, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, Auburn and a host of others, Olaniyan's list of scholarships seems to look more like that of a four or five-star than a three-star. What does he think about that?

"I think some others have me as a four-star or top 100 or whatever," he said. "After talking to some people, it sounds like a lot of people didn't see me play until the Virginia NIKE Camp. I'm gonna step on the field and play like a five-star every day. I feel like after that camp and the New Jersey Showcase two days ago, it (the ranking) will change."

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