Four-star linebacker Aramide Olaniyan committed to Duke back in March. The Woodberry Forest, Va. prospect has made it no secret he is evaluating his options still and now is looking at official visits.
"I'm still a strong verbal to Duke," he said. "It's really hard to compete with Duke academically. They are one of the top schools out there. It's hard to overlook just how confident Coach Cutcliffe is about winning games, that makes me feel confident about them being my team."
While Olaniyan is still committed, he is looking at his options.
"I have set up officials to Duke, Michigan and UCLA," he said. "I'm not sure about the dates. I believe UCLA is late November (21st) against Arizona State.
"I want to visit Michigan and UCLA because they are great schools academically too. Academics are the foundation of my recruitment. Both of them have good athletic programs, the Rose Bowl and the Big House. Talking to the coaches, they are going to be winning games just like Duke."
According to Olaniyan, three other teams are competing for the final two officials.
"I believe Stanford, North Carolina and Vanderbilt are up for my last two visits."
In the meantime, Olaniyan is keeping busy preparing for this season. He just returned from a trip to Orlando for the Gridiron King's event.
"I thought I did well," he said. "I performed at a high level and met a bunch of great guys. I got to see how I compared to some of the best players in the country.
"I think I showed that I can play linebacker with some of the top wide receivers, running backs and linebackers."
The No. 21 outside linebacker in the country will get a bit of a break before practice kicks up on August 23rd.
"We should have the capability to be the best private school team in Virginia," he said. "I'm coming into this season a lot faster and stronger. I'm looking to be an unblockable force and looking to have a great senior season."