6-3, 195-pound linebacker/defensive end Aramide Olaniyan , who Woodberry Forest (VA) head coach Clint Alexander calls “the most explosive player I’ve ever coached,” currently leads a talented Woodberry 2010 class with five Division 1A scholarship offers, including four ACC schools and one Pac-10 program. Do not be surprised if more programs enter the mix before spring.
“He causes so much havoc and destruction on the other side of the line of scrimmage,” Alexander said of Olaniyan, who plays a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role for Woodberry. As a junior last season, Olaniyan, who ran a 4.51 40 at the Underclassmen Combine in Baltimore last spring, racked up 13 sacks.
This off-season, Olaniyan hopes to show several things to college recruiters.
“By the combine circuit, I want to be around 205 or 210 pounds, which I think would be my ideal weight,” said Olaniyan, who is being recruited by most schools as an outside linebacker. “I’m fine with anything over 200. I also want to get faster and stronger.
“Overall, I guess I want to show college coaches that I can gain weight and maintain my speed. I know they take pictures at these combines, so I want recruiters to see that I have a good frame and that I can put on weight. I think some teams are hesitant because they aren’t sure how much weight I can put on.”
Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Stanford and Wake Forest certainly aren’t hesitant, as all five programs have officially offered the talented junior. Olaniyan, who won’t turn 17 years of age until December, believes several more could be on the way soon.
“I feel like North Carolina and Virginia are offers I could get soon, too,” Olaniyan said. “Rutgers and Pitt are some other schools showing interest. I’m not sure about the situation with Virginia Tech, but they have shown some interest so far.”
Olaniyan may attend Woodberry Forest, a private school, but his hometown is Bowie, Maryland. Location does not seem to be a big factor at this point.
“I think the state of Virginia would be a great place to play. It’s not too far from home. But, I’d be open to play anywhere,” Olaniyan said. “There is not a certain place I wouldn’t want to go to. My parents are behind me 100-percent....
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