Hargrave Report: Ajiboye Impresses in the Interior

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Hargrave Military Academy head coach Robert Prunty is excited about the talents of Olufemi “Ladi” Ajiboye, a standout defensive tackle who signed with Virginia Tech in February of this year. Prunty says Ajiboye is a “Sam Adams-type” player and expect a big contribution from him this season.

“Ladi is probably about 6-2 ½, about 320 pounds,” Prunty said. Ajiboye, who played his high school ball for Banneker High School in College Park (GA), was at a doctor’s appointment and was not available for comment. “Let me tell you something. He comes off the ball like a strike of lightning. Believe me, this guy can play. Tech got them a run stopper in this guy. He’s one of those Sam Adams-type guys.”

Prunty admits that Ajiboye is about 30 pounds over his ideal playing weight, but says the added weight has not slowed down his first step.

“He’s got that one step to get off the ball. And, he’s powerful,” Prunty said.

Ajiboye is expected to enroll at Tech in January 2007.

“He’s pretty close to qualifying, too. He’s not far at all,” Prunty said.

New offer coming?…

According to Prunty, Virginia Tech could be close to offering wide receiver Ben Finney. Finney is a 6-4, 210-pound recruit out of I.C. Norcom in Portsmouth, Virginia.

“He’s a big, tall, rangy receiver,” Prunty said of Finney. “Justin Harper comes to mind.”

Just how interested is Virginia Tech?

“They are talking like they are going to offer,” Prunty said. “Bryan Stinespring has called and implied they would offer.”

A dual-sport star in high school, Finney played football and basketball at Norcom. He is drawing Division 1A interest in both sports.

“I heard Seth Greenberg talked to Coach Keatts, so they like him in basketball, too,” Prunty said.

Hargrave coaches excited about upcoming season…

Coach Prunty and company boasted a number of five-star players last season, so it would seem a tough chore to top that amount of talent. But the coaches are even more