OLNEY, Md. – The DMV area is home to many highly-coveted prospects, and junior Good Counsel linebacker Ayinde Eley is one of the quickest rising prospects in the area. Ranked as the No. 30 junior athlete in the country on 247Sports.com, Eley has received overtures from many top programs so far.
At this point, Eley sports offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, West Virginia and, now, Wisconsin as of Wednesday.
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Up to this point, Eley has helped lead a traditionally strong Good Counsel defense and says that his junior campaign is going pretty well.
“The season is going good,” Eley told Today’s U. “We had two tough losses to St. John’s and Gillman. But we have been playing pretty well though. Personally, I think its gone pretty good. I kind of got off to a slow start but over the last couple games I’ve picked up and it’s going good.”
As a three-star prospect and coveted recruit, Eley has the ability to fill multiple roles at the next level. All of Eley’s collegiate interest has come at outside linebacker so far, but he also plays wide receiver for his high school team.
“I would describe myself as a versatile defender that can play the run or the pass,” Eley said. “I like to play in space and use my speed and my length and I like to play fast.”
Eley, who claims no positional preference, says that his recruitment is going well and picking up as his midseason highlight tape continues to make the rounds.
“My recruitment has been going good,” Eley said. “A lot of coaches and a lot of great programs. Its going to be a tough decision that I have to make but I’m just doing my research and going on some visits to make sure I pick the right one.”
In terms of what factors will weigh heavily in his recruitment, Eley has identified several aspects at this juncture.
“The most important thing to me is probably family environment and if I’m going to be happy when I’m out there,” Eley said. “Just how everybody interact and interacts on the campus, on the football team and in the community. Just everything going together.”
After taking several visits and feeling out the recruiting process, Eley has seen these qualities in several schools so far.
“All the schools that I’ve visited have provided a good environment,” Eley said. “Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Kentucky, those are the schools that I visited. All three of them have the family environment. They seem like the community enjoys them and they help out the community. The schools that I have visited so far have that and I’m sure other programs out there do too.”
In recent days, Eley’s offer list expanded by one as the Wisconsin Badgers extended the rising junior prospect an offer on Wednesday. Eley spoke about his new offer and explained what it meant to him.
“I was pretty excited,” Eley said. “It’s a top notch program and I was blessed and I was honored to have a program like that recruit me It’s just motivation for me to work way harder and it’s just another motivation to me.”
As far as a visit goes, Eley says that he is looking forward to making a potential stop in Madison this season.
“Definitely,” Eley said. “I have to check my schedule and if I can make it to a game, then I definitely will. That’s definitely something I’m looking towards, visiting and getting to know the program.”
In terms of a final decision, Eley feels that it is far in the future and does not know when he will commit at this point.
“I don’t know. I didn’t know really yet if I want to go into my senior committed or not, but once I find that school and I visit that school and its perfect for me, then I will make that decision right there.”
Look for Eley to continue his ascension as the 2015 season trucks on.