MIAMI – Now an uncommitted prospect, Kayode Oladele has grand plans. He doesn’t have a commitment timetable or even a list of top options. What the former Florida State commit does have, however, is a group of possible visit destinations.
He rattles them off from memory.
“I think I’m going to check out Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Oregon and probably Baylor,” Oladele said on Wednesday.
The list includes few surprises. The three-star defensive end has always been interested in Georgia, FSU and Miami. Oregon has come on strong for him in recent weeks. Baylor, on the other hand, is new. Whatever the reasons for their inclusion, though, the Bears now have Oladele’s attention.
“I like the defensive line coach [at Baylor],” Oladele said. “He hit me up. It’s cool. I’ll probably take a visit down there to see.”
Oladele provides another direct response when asked about the schools pushing the hardest for him at the moment. Both programs are on his visit list and both seem to have piqued his interest.
“Georgia and Miami, they really want me,” Oladele said. “They are pushing really, really hard. I like them, but I’m just going to take my time now. I need to look and see what’s the best fit for me, you know?”
A junior of Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic High School, Oladele has not decided on a firm date to announce a verbal commitment. He is entertaining the idea of making a decision on his Birthday in December.
IN HIS WORDS: “Florida State still talks to me. I just talked to them yesterday. They still really want me. They know that I like then but I just want to see what else is out there for me. They came to school last week. We had a really good talk.”
RIVALS REACTION: Prospects very rarely decommit only to recommit, down the road, but, as a native of Nigeria, Oladele’s case is slightly different. His relatively limited exposure to the recruiting process and college football as a whole make the narrative more nuanced. Florida State remains a major player here and will be until the end. Georgia and Miami also seem to be among the favorites.