Lindenhurst (N.Y.) senior defensive line prospect Olasunkonmi Agunloye intended on waiting until the Regular Signing Period in February to officially decide his college future. Those plans changed when he took an official visit to the University of Virginia the weekend of December 13-15.
“UVA was one of my last visits before the Early Signing Period,” recalled the 6’6”, 240-pound defensive line prospect who goes by “Su.” “I was expecting to sign late. I just felt it when I went there. The vibe from the campus itself, the energy off it. It was still a very tough decision. It was either UCLA or UVA at that point. I decided UVA seems like the place for me. I wrote out pros and cons, making sure I was making the right decision. I knew if I waited until the late period I would maybe get a lot more offers, but knowing I was one of the people Virginia had been looking at for a while, and the visit just clicked, I thought I might as well [sign]. They wanted me and I wanted them.”
The last-minute decision to sign early “was a huge relief and it was very exciting at the same time,” Agunloye said. “The relief was that my recruitment was over now. I was getting recruited and hit up by a lot of coaches. All of those coaches stopped calling. It was exciting seeing my name published by Virginia as an incoming recruit.”
Agunloye, named to Newsday’s Top 100 Long Island list following a 17-sack junior season, earned a scholarship offer from Virginia in July of 2019. He kept up his high level of play his senior season – Lindenhurst finished 12-0 and won a Long Island championship with the help of Agunloye, who played offensive tackle and defensive end and earned third-team all-state honors. Meanwhile, the interest from the Cavaliers remained.
“They saw me as a versatile type. Someone who could play defensive end or defensive tackle and who they can move around on the line a lot,” Agunloye said. “They compared me to one specific player Coach Mendenhall coached at BYU. I can’t remember his name. They showed me film and the way they used him. They intend to do the same thing with me.”
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