Aramide Olaniyan commits to UCLA

Submitted by mscharbo15 on November 16th, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Aramide Olaniyan commits to UCLA, per his Facebook status.

"The recruiting process is over! I'm headed to UCLA next fall! Go Bruins"

Say what you will (Facebook creep, invasion of privacy, whatever) but it is what it is.



November 16th, 2009 at 7:23 PM ^

Over some of their more overhyped competitors. All that, and smart too.

How have they sucked? Well, they are the distant second sport at their school. And recently, they've been crosstown from the best college football team in the country for the last decade. But before that? Well, they were better...but you got me.

Hoken's Heroes

November 16th, 2009 at 7:55 PM ^

That's one area they have sucked. Not really their fault but the team has been plagued with QB injuries and just poor playing even when healthy. Like UM, UCLA is in transition and will need a few seasons to put the Bruin back together.

But to agree with above poster, UCLA is a fantastic campus (though Westwood is not a TRUE college town like A2 is) with a bevy of beautiful co eds that UM can not even compare to.


November 16th, 2009 at 9:12 PM ^

...In the Big Ten is what went wrong. When he visited we were looking pretty good as a program and had a very promising season ahead of us. Since then all he's read and seen about Michigan is how much is wrong with our program. Being Michigan, we're gonna get a lot of bad press when we're doing bad. UCLA may be 5-5 but people don't care about them enough to denounce their program on every media outlet every time college football is mentioned, as happens with Michigan.


November 16th, 2009 at 7:24 PM ^

I don't think losing out on Aramide is a huge deal. He's an undersized OLB prospect with good speed, but he's not a difference maker in the mold of Josh Furman. Furman is elite and I'll be very disappointed if we lose out on him to VaTech.

Michigan has plenty of solid OLB types in Isaiah Bell, Brandin Hawthorne, Mike Jones, Craig Roh, and Marvin Robinson. What we need is ILB's and at least 1 more top DL prospect.


November 17th, 2009 at 6:30 AM ^

I can virtually guarantee you that Josh Furman has not run a 4.2 40...because it's practically impossible.

His "confirmed" time is 4.37, which is still probably a little too fast to be believable. I don't know where you get the 4.2 number, but don't believe everything you read on the internet.


November 16th, 2009 at 9:30 PM ^

Put words in people's mouths much?

That's not what the man said at all.

He just said Furman looks better. I don't know if that's true or not, do you? With HS seniors it's debatable. Who knows. He didn't say Olaniyan sucks though, and pointed out reasons why Furman could be a better fit for us than Olaniyan.

Is that a cardinal sin of some sort?


November 16th, 2009 at 7:29 PM ^

Olaniyan is better than Furman. Flat-out. Furman is pretty raw. And how is Olaniyan undersized? Furman is about 6'2", 194 and Olaniyan is 6'2", 202.

I wasn't confident about Olaniyan, even after he said he really liked us. But he's a better prospect than Furman.

Litt1e Rhino

November 16th, 2009 at 11:01 PM ^

Ive heard Olaniyan doesn't have the best frame for putting on college muscle (in different articals that i've read). i think thats what he meant by undersized.

although i think Olaniyan is a freak athlete who i am very disappointed we didnt land.

oh well lets push forward and finish strong.


November 17th, 2009 at 2:54 AM ^

I think they are both undersized but what sets Furman apart from Olaniyan IMO is his elite speed. Furman is also a hell of an offensive player as well.

I'd just prefer to take a versatile OLB/S/RB prospect with elite speed over an OLB whose skill set is built for one position. Michigan is pretty solid on OLB depth, but Furman just brings another dimension to any position he decides to play.


November 17th, 2009 at 6:02 AM ^

Furman is too stiff to play safety, and we aren't even considering him as a running back. And he really wants to play running back, so if there was any chance we wanted him to play there, we would have told him that already. He basically plays OLB in a 50 defense as a high schooler, so there's virtually no way they would move him back in the defense to safety.

You're not the only one, but I think a lot of people are in love with his speed and don't consider some of his weaknesses.