Junior weakside defensive end Caleb Azubike of Nashville (Tenn.) McGavock was devastated last week when it looked like he might not be able to make it to Sunday's Nike Camp in Durham, N.C.
"I really was, because I knew it was one of the last chances I'd have [to impress people]," Azubike said. "I kept hustling to find a ride."
At the last minute, Azubike's luck turned.
"I went with a bunch of my teammates," he said.
Following a nine-hour drive to Durham, the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder didn't disappoint as he clearly was among the top performers on hand.
"It really was worth it," Azubike said. "I didn't do perfect in some of the drills like I really wanted to. But in one-on-ones, I did a perfect 10. I don't think I lost one. I was so fast, nobody even touched my jersey when I got off. It was a nice ride back. I went out there to make a name for myself and to prove something to everyone that has been doubting me that didn't think I had what it took to be on the national level. I kind of proved them wrong by showing out."
To date, Azubike has eight FBS offers, but so far one program has stood out.
"Right now, I'd have to say it's still Vanderbilt [in front]," Azubike said. "But it could change with Miami coming on. "
According to Azubike, he has thought about committing to the Commodores "a lot of times, but I don't want to rush into things."
The Hurricanes offered last week. Boston College also appears to be very much in the mix.
"I talked to Boston College today, and I'm going to be taking an official visit there this fall," Azubike said. "I want to visit Miami, but it's doubtful I can get there this summer. I'll likely take an official visit there."
Besides Boston College, Miami and Vanderbilt, Azubike claims offers from Arkansas State, Kentucky, Marshall, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State and Tennessee State. He thinks Maryland could be next.
"They're really impressed with me," Azubike said. "I talked with them [Monday] and they said they liked my frame. "