Tomiwa Durojaiye has done his research and isn’t giving away any hints about his upcoming college choice.
A 6-foot-4, 255-pound class of 2022 defensive line prospect all the way up at Middletown High School (DE), Durojaiye is coming up on a final decision–this Saturday, August 14–and is down to just five programs: South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and the Kentucky Wildcats. Of those five schools, he was able to visit all of them (some officially, some unofficially), but Kentucky was the final program he took a trip to, doing so at the end of July.
With an in-person understanding of each school under his belt, Durojaiye is ready to make his mind up.
“I know by the 14th (of August) I’ll be ready to wrap it up,” Durojaiye told KSR on Tuesday.
Durojaiye is heading into his senior year of high school at Middletown, where is one of the top three players from his class in the state of Delaware. 247 Sports has him ranked as the No. 1,071 overall recruit in his class with three-star status. He intends on enrolling at his new college home in January, so picking a school sooner rather than later has been the plan. Durojaiye wants to be laser-focused for his final season before moving onto the next level.
“I start camp August 16 so just want to have my commitment over with and focus on my senior year and focus on the next chapter because I plan on enrolling in January,” Durojaiye added. “I know I don’t have too much time to waste, too much time to play around.”
He hasn’t wasted any time doing his research, either.
Durojaiye has kept his recruitment close to the vest, not giving away inside tips as to which way he may be leaning. That being said, he knows exactly what he’s looking for in a program and will use the next day or so to make the final call in his mind.
“One of the main things football-wise is early playing time,” Durojaiye said. “For me, I want to come in and have that spring ball, prove myself as a freshman, and at least play some meaningful reps, at least be that first sub-in guy. Everybody wants to be a starter but the biggest goal for me is playing meaningful reps my freshman year and then have the job as a sophomore. So that’s something I’ve been looking at, looking at the depth of these teams. By my sophomore year, I should be a starter whenever I go but it’s going to be based on what I do and what I put into it.”
— Tomiwa Durojaiye (@TomiwaDurojaiye) July 29, 2021
Durojaiye understands that nothing will be given to him, although he’s confident enough in his abilities and potential that he knows he can reach his goal of seeing the field early and often. But a big aspect of whether or not his ceiling as a player can be unlocked comes from player development. He’s spent plenty of time looking into which staff can make that happen.
“Player development in terms of a coach that is going to take my game to the next level, that’s going to make my strengths weapons and anything I’m weak at–before I leave that university I want to be great at it before I go to the next level,” Durojaiye said about what he’s looking for. “Just taking my game to the next level. I would say the biggest thing for me is a staff that is going to help me separate myself from everybody else in the country because I know I’ll be willing to put in that work. Just having a staff that will care about me. Having an opportunity to show my versatility–the way the league (NFL) is played now everybody has to be versatile and play more than one position. So for me to show my arsenal is something I’m looking for.
“And then off the field, more so academic people and player development that won’t let me shorthand myself. I want everybody to be on me. At the same time, you gotta be responsible because you’re becoming a young man but a staff that’s going to help me become a greater man than I am and as a football player, and that’s something I’m looking at the most. ”
Before he could sit down and mull over his final decision, he needed to ensure that he’d seen all of his top schools in person. It’s much harder to get a good understanding of a program through Zoom calls and virtual tours. His trip to Lexington a couple of weeks ago was the last box to mark off his recruitment checklist.
“I just wanted to meet the staff,” Durojaiye said. “One thing I like is that everybody was the same if not a better person than they were on the phone. I wanted to be able to get a grasp for the area and the town and the team, all in person.”
Durojaiye said that a commitment will come on social media and should be expected anytime between 12-4p.m. EST on Saturday.