The last time we spoke with Roswell (GA) OLB/DE Emmanuel Awofadeju , his official visit schedule was up in the air to say the least. This time, he is sure about where he will go, and has already taken one.
Last weekend, he visited the University of Maryland and had positive things to say about his experience.
“Maryland was nice,” said Awofadeju. “It was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. Coach [Ralph] Friedgen was really nice.”
Even with the successful visit to College Park, Awofadeju still favors the Stanford Cardinal. In fact, the Cardinal are next on his visit list.
“I visit Stanford on the 17th [of January],” said Awofadeju. “I will then go to Notre Dame on the 24th. After that, I will go to Virginia either mid-week or for the weekend of the 31st.
“Stanford is still my favorite school.”
Awofadeju is taking a number of things into consideration when making his decision. He wants to play for a competitive football program, he wants to major in Sports Journalism, and he wants to go somewhere with a warm climate.
The latter is one of the main reasons he is drawn to Stanford.
“Notre Dame, Maryland, and Virginia all have good football programs,” said Awofadeju. “They are all very nice. But when I really think that this is going to be where I live for the next four or five years, that’s when Stanford really jumps out. I love the beach, and I love warm weather.”
At 6-5, 220 pounds, Awofadeju is being recruited by Notre Dame and Stanford to play defensive end, Maryland to play defensive end and outside linebacker, and by Virginia to play outside linebacker. He is athletic enough to play both positons.
Stanford has a nice lead in this race, as Awofadeju likes the total package – including the weather – that they offer. He is willing to give Virginia a chance on a visit (assuming he doesn’t commit to Stanford this weekend), however it remains to be seen whether or not UVa will have room for him at that point.
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