Ayodele Adeoye may not have been Texas’ most secure commitment in the 2018 class, but after signing his NLI on Wednesday, the four-star inside linebacker is now officially a Longhorn.
The IMG Academy prospect, who is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, is ranked as the No. 106 overall player in the 2018 class, and the No. 4 inside linebacker.
Todd Orlando will be thankful to have the skillsets the Under Armour All-American brings to the table. Adeoye plays with an aggressive, but composed style, as he scarcely fails to finish tackles. He boasts tremendous athleticism, as has a 4.98 40 yard dash and a 34.2 inch vertical.
Adeoye chose the ‘Horns over 26 other schools who offered him a scholarship, including programs such as LSU, Georgia, and TCU.
Though Adeoye has been committed to Texas since June 4, there was some concern he wouldn’t end up signing with the ‘Horns.
Adeoye’s October visits to Florida and Oklahoma sparked speculation that he could flip to the Sooners. In November, Adeoye said he was “100% committed” to Texas, but experts continued to expect that Tom Herman would lose his key ILB prospect.
In fact, as of Tuesday, 13 out of 14 of 247 Sport’s experts predicted Adeoye to pledge to Oklahoma over the ‘Horns.
Adeoye’s decision to pen with the ‘Horns is massive as he fills a crucial need for Texas. Adeoye was Texas’ lone inside linebacker commit in the recruiting cycle.
Texas may be able to rely on current juniors Breckyn Hager and Gary Johnson at the linebacker position for the 2018 season, but Adeoye (along with current freshman Marqez Bimage) could be next in line for the job.