You may not have heard of Aramide Olaniyan yet, but you will. Woodberry Forest (Va.) coach Clint Alexander assures you of that. We mentioned how important he is to Duke’s program today, in our look at Carolinas’ schools' primary recruiting targets in The Observer.
Olaniyan, who is originally from Nigeria, plays DL/OB for Woodberry Forest's football team, and when I caught up with Alexander by phone recently, his squad had just finished practice.
“Aramide destroyed our offense,” Alexander said. “I’m out there watching and he’s absolutely destroying us.”
Alexander was having his offense run a “coming out” drill, in which the unit attempts to get two first downs coming out of its own end zone. Except that Olaniyan simply wouldn’t let the offense accomplish its task.
“He was getting tackles for loss at least every other play, sometimes two out of three,” Alexander said, chuckling. “He was messing up the whole drill.
“I’ve got two Division-I line prospects and a center who’s nastier than they are and he’s just killing them. At one point, he just blew by two blockers and crushed the quarterback.
“He’s the fastest kid you’re ever going to block—literally.”
While Woodberry Forest uses Olaniyan, who is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, on the line often because of that 4.5-second speed, he projects as a LB in college.
We’ll tell you more later about the recruiting war heating up for him—with a whole bunch of schools getting involved.