It was a matter of timing, three-star defensive end Kayode Oladele said of his decommitment from Florida State last month.
“It was tough on me because Florida State is a school I really like,” Oladele told GN. “It was really hard for me, but I had to do what I had to do. I feel like I committed way too early and didn’t feel all the schools out. So that is why I decommitted.”
Oladele (6 feet 4, 235 pounds), originally from Nigeria, will attend small-school power Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic this year. He had attended Miami Edison.
Oladele — who hadn’t played a real game of football in his life until the fall of 2016 — is among the top 20 strongside ends nationally in the class of 2018. His offers include FSU and hometown Miami as well as Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee from the SEC.
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Oladele said recruiting sometimes can feel like a poker game.
“Some of the schools will just tell me what they want me to hear so I will come to their school,” he said. “I just want schools to keep it real with me. It’s kind of crazy.
“I want to go to a school where I’m going to be able to ball out, showcase my talent and show who I am to the world. I’m looking at schools where I can get playing time as a freshman and I’m also looking at schools that offer what I’m going to major in college, which will either be drama or communications.”
Oladele didn’t truly take up football until spring practice last year and says his game is improving fast.
“Right now my technique is way better than it was last year,” Oladele said. “I feel like I’m going to be awesome this year from what I’ve learned from coaches I have been working with and from camps that I have attended.”
Don’t expect a quick decision from Oladele regarding a college decision.
“Right now I’m not planning on committing anytime soon,” Oladele said. “That’s why I decommitted, because I want to feel out all the schools. I’ll probably wait and commit on my birthday, which is December 12.”
Earlier this year, Oladele told GN he originally wanted to play basketball, but that all changed one afternoon while watching TV.
“I moved to Florida (from Nigeria) in 2015,” Oladele said. “I moved here to play basketball and then I realized I could play football, so I started playing football. I really didn’t know much about football. I was watching a basketball game and after the basketball game, a football game came on and I was like, ‘Oh, what is this? This looks like a game I could play.’ ”
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