Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Tuesday, and SEC Country updates the plans of defensive line target Kayode Oladele. Also, a few updates on prospects coaches will go see this week.
Kayode Oladele changes decision timeline
For a while, Kayode Oladele has been trending to Auburn.
After he visited for the Iron Bowl, Oladele sounded like he could be the next to commit. He’d set up a commitment date — Dec. 12, which is his birthday. It was set up two days after his Auburn official visit, which he still plans to take this upcoming weekend.
But there’s been a slight change in plans.
Oladele won’t make that decision a week from Tuesday, as originally planned. With Florida State — another key school involved — undergoing a coaching change, he wants to be patient so he can hear what the new Seminoles coach has to say.
Even with the delayed decision, the Tigers are still in a great spot.
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“They told me I have opportunity if I come here. They want to work with me and develop me to get to where I want to get to in life,” Oladele said. “I would say [Auburn’s] top 2.”
Oladele’s most recent visit came for the Auburn-Alabama game.
Originally, he wanted that to be his official visit. Instead, because of Rodney Garner’s game-day availability, Oladele opted to wait until after the season to take that Auburn official visit. He still expects to take that this weekend. In fact, he’s finalizing the details of that trip later Tuesday.
One factor that will help Auburn: Richard Jibunor.
Both are Nigeria natives, and they spent a lot of time together over Iron Bowl weekend. Oladele admitted he heard from Jibunor on multiple occassions that he should just go ahead and commit to the Tigers to end the process. That’s still what most people expect to happen, but the wait might drag on a week or two longer than previously scheduled.
“He’s committed. He was telling me to come here. We should team up. He was telling me all the coaches are really good to him, which is actually what made him make the decision of coming [to Auburn],” Oladele said. “He’s recruiting me so hard and telling me to come here and become a family.”
Oladele hopes to sign and enroll early after making his upcoming decision.
On the road again…
Here’s a quick look at the prospects Auburn will hit the road to see this week.
It’s not a complete list of recruits the Tigers’ staff will see, but it’s what I’ve been able to gather so far from talking with the recruits themselves.
- 4-star TE Luke Ford
- 3-star DE Kayode Oladele
- 4-star DL/LB Richard Jibunor
- 4-star WR Anthony Schwartz
- 4-star LB Zakoby McClain
- 4-star QB Joey Gatewood
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