Olufemi Ajiboye, a 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle out of Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia, plans to visit Virginia Tech this weekend despite giving South Carolina a verbal commitment last weekend. Can the Hokies overtake the Gamecocks in this race?
“It really does have to be an awesome experience,” Ajiboye replied when asked if Tech could overcome South Carolina. “This is probably going to be my last visit, so if Virginia Tech can’t do it then I’ll be at South Carolina next year.”
In his senior season, Ajiboye racked up 85 total tackles including 60 solo efforts, 20 tackles-for-loss and 4 1/2 sacks. His outstanding production is a big reason why he has landed offers from Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Ajiboye has made an official visit to Illinois (in December) and, last weekend, went to South Carolina. That is when he decided to commit.
“It was just how I felt,” Ajiboye said of why he committed to South Carolina. “It was a place I felt I could be for four or five years. They have my major. The players were cool. One of my former teammates plays there and he showed me around. There is stuff to do if you don’t have any work on the weekends. And Coach Spurrier said they are short on defensive linemen so I would have the opportunity to play early.”
Virginia Tech is led by primary recruiter Lorenzo Ward. What does Ajiboye know about Tech heading into the visit?
“I know they have a good football program,” Ajiboye said. “My recruiting coach has been telling me good things about the football program.”
Very strong, Ajiboye can bench press 355 pounds. The 3-star prospect is being recruited by all schools as a defensive tackle.
Obviously South Carolina is the team to beat. Virginia Tech has a shot, which is all you can ask for, but it will take an outstanding experience to get him away from South Carolina. I’ll be sure to follow up after this weekend’s visit to see if anything’s changed.
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