Awofadeju Looking to Set Up Official Visits

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Roswell (GA) defensive end prospect Emmanuel Awofadeju was all set to schedule his official visits this year, when basketball season arrived. Now, the 6-5, 220 pound prospects’ recruiting trips are up in the air.

“I had some dates scheduled for my official visits,” said Awofadeju. “But then my basketball coach came and went to my football coach to see if we could rearrange some of my visits so I could play in some of our team’s big games. It was unexpected, I would think they could win a game or two without me, but we’ll see.

“I know who I will visit, and that’s Maryland, Stanford, Notre Dame, Virginia, and maybe Tennessee. I have offers from everyone except Tennessee and Notre Dame.”

Awofadeju has a tentative trip scheduled for Maryland for January 3, although he is confident he will make that date. He has talked to Stanford about visiting on January 10 but may switch the trip to January 17. He has talked with Virginia about possibly visiting next weekend, but he is doubtful that he will make the trip.

Despite not being able to set up his official visits, he does know which schools he likes more than the rest.

“Right now, it’s Stanford or Notre Dame and then Virginia,” said Awofadeju, who is being recruited by defensive line coach Mike London. “On one hand, Stanford always talks about how good of a school they are, and that they are only accepting a certain number of applicants. Their academics are great, and the weather is nice out there. I think my parents are pulling for me to go there too. But at the same time, I want to major in sports journalism or communications, and you don’t necessarily need to go to the best school to major in that.

“As for Notre Dame, I like coach Tyrone Willingham. Everything I have heard on him is great. He is a great coach. Virginia is close by and it’s a great school. I’ve had friends that go there, so it’s nice. I just want to go to a school that makes me happy.”

The consummate student athlete, Awofadeju boasts a 95 average and has scored an 1180 on his SAT’s. On the gridiron, he had eight sacks during the first five games of the season, and finished with a double-digit sack total. Although he has never been officially timed in the 40, his coach timed him at 4.43 earlier this summer.

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