MADISON - Victor Adeyanju
was a standout defensive end at Indiana
currently plays for the St. Louis Rams
. Many athletes find it
difficult to get out of the shadow of their siblings. James Adeyanju
hopes that isn't the case.
Adeyanju, a 6-foot-2 250 pound defensive end prospect from Curie Metro
High School (Chicago, IL), has used his name recognition and talent on
the gridiron to garner interest from around the country.
He currently doesn't have any favorites, but continues to receive
solid interest from Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Northwestern,
Nebraska, Michigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State, and Wisconsin.
Adeyanju recently visited Cincinnati last weekend.
"It was great," Adeyanju said of his visit to Ohio. "We went around
campus and everything, I got to talk to the players, and incoming
freshman. So it was a good visit."
Adeyanju said he would rate the visit a "10" out of 10.
He also plans on visiting Illinois this Saturday (August 1). After
that, he doesn't have any plans to make any more visits this summer.
O'Brien Schofield, one of the most explosive defensive players in the
country last season, has graduated and Wisconsin is looking for
potential replacements in the Class of 2011. Adeyanju is one of those
New defensive backs coach Chris Ash is handling the recruitment of
Adeyanju for the Badgers.
"I just talked to Coach Ash a few days ago," he said. "As a recruiter
I think he is great. He is a good guy. As a coach, I'm pretty sure he
is good. I haven't really, you know, gotten close to that, but I'm
sure he is a pretty good coach."
As the summer winds down, more and more prospects will begin to make
their decision or narrow their lists and begin to schedule their
official visit dates.
"I will be visiting Nebraska for the Texas game (October 16) and
Wisconsin for Arizona State (September 18)," Adeyanju said.
When he visits Wisconsin he is looking forward to a few things.
"Just the atmosphere when I go over there and how I feel," Adeyanju
said. "Also, I want to talk to the players."
He is the first known prospect to schedule an official visit to Madison.
Wisconsin should have a number of solid recruiting weekends this fall.
They host Minnesota, Ohio State, and Arizona State.
This won't be the first time he has been to Madison.
"I've been two times," he said. "The campus is pretty nice. A lot of
people say it is really nice. I really like the lakes. It is a little
different than a lot of campuses out there."
After the two official visits he has scheduled, Adeyanju isn't sure of
where he will visit, however, he has a time frame for a decision.
"I'm looking at the education, the people, obviously the football
program, and the campus," he said. "Hopefully I can wait until I'm
really sure, and make a decision maybe around December."
Wisconsin currently has six commitments in the Class of 2011, all
hailing from the state of Wisconsin.
Although he doesn't have a list of favorites, Chicago defensive end James Adeyanju is starting to plan a path. Scheduling two official visits, Adeyanju is anxious to narrow down his list of schools.