Iowa began recruiting Ayodele Adeoye during his sophomore season at St. Louis (MO) Ritenour High. Assistant LeVar Woods has built a strong relationship with him.
“He’s great. He’s a good man. I hear he’s a great coach. I’m looking forward to getting to know him more,” Adeoye told HN.
Woods visited Ritenour in late January. He indicated that the Hawkeyes wanted Adeoye.
“He wanted to offer me. I knew he wanted to offer me. My coach told me they were going to offer,” Adeoye said. “When he came up to the school to talk to me, there were like three other schools waiting to talk to me. It was kind of busy.”
Iowa did extend a scholarship offer last week. It was among a flurry of opportunities that have come his way. He was without one from a Power 5 school until Missouri came forward on Jan. 25.
“It’s been a great process. I put in the work for this so I knew this would come eventually. It was a matter of time and it’s finally paying off,” Adeoye said.
Adeoye (6-2, 225) also reports offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma and Utah State. Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin are among others showing him interest.
With all of the offers coming fast, Adeoye is familiarizing himself with the programs.
“I don’t know much about Iowa but I do know that they were one of the only schools to beat Michigan. That’s great. Not many schools beat Michigan last season,” he said.
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Ritenour plays a 3-4 defense. Adeoye doesn’t believe that will confine him for his future.
“I’m an inside guy in our defense but I can do it all. I’m an athlete,” he said.
Adeoye visited Missouri last weekend and expected to stop at Illinois this coming weekend.
“I’ll hit up Oklahoma soon. I’ll probably hit up Iowa for sure soon and some other schools,” he said.
Utah State could be a wild card. Adewale Adeoye, Ayodele’s brother, is a junior defensive end for the Aggies.
“There’s a possibility of me playing with my brother,” said Ayodele, who would be a true freshman when Adewale is a redshirt senior.
Even if he doesn’t end up in Logan, Ayodele isn’t opposed to going away from St. Louis.
“Distance from home doesn’t matter. My brother is in Utah. If he can do it, I can do it for sure,” he said.
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“I’m looking for a place that feels like home. I’m looking for a good position coach. I’m looking for a good coaching staff. I’m looking for tradition. I’m looking for a good town to be in.”
Academics will play a big role in Ayodele’s decision.
“I want to study aviation but not many schools have aviation. I’ll major in some type of Engineering and then after college if the NFL doesn’t work out I’ll go to flight school and become a commercial pilot,” he said.
Ayodele is taking his time finding the right Engineering and football programs. New opportunities are coming fast.
“I’m not going to rush this process. Why would I rush it for?” he said.