After losing Budd Thacker to Florida State, Virginia Tech was in search for another good defensive tackle prospect to go along with in-state standout Daryl Robertson. The Hokies got what they wanted last week, when 6-2, 290-pound Banneker (College Park, GA) star Olufemi Ajiboye switched his verbal commitment from South Carolina to Virginia Tech.
Ajiboye (pronounced Ah-ja-boy) made an official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend and had a great time, but says a visit from Frank Beamer sealed his final decision.
“Just when Coach Beamer came to my school,” Ajiboye answered when asked when he had decided to commit to Tech. “Me and him had a talk. Coach Beamer told me I could play early and possibly be a factor my first year. He thought Virginia Tech is a good fit for me.”
Ajiboye was hosted on his official visit by another Georgia recruit, OL Sergio Render.
“He just showed me a good time,” Ajiboye said of Render. “He took me around campus and I got to see a lot of good things. He told me he thought I could play early, too. There were a lot of good things, but the school impressed me the most.”
The South Carolina coaches were told about the decision before the commitment news broke.
“I’m signing with Virginia Tech,” Ajiboye said. “I told South Carolina about it already. I’m very excited about signing with Virginia Tech.”
Ajiboye obviously has good size, but he has very good athleticism as well.
“I’d say my strengths are my explosion and my ability to see the ball,” Ajiboye said.
As a senior, Ajiboye used his combination of size, athleticism and instincts to make 80 total tackles including 60 solo efforts and 20 tackles-for-loss from the defensive tackle position. He also made 4 1/2 sacks.
Academically, Ajiboye has some work to do but is confident he will fully qualify. If he doesn’t, he would go to prep school.
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