#STRecruiting: Four programs standing out with Babalade as he prepares for official visits

Oluwatosin Babalade

OT Oluwatosin Babalade (6-5 296) of Hyattsville, MD has identified four programs that he wants to visit this summer and has set the dates with three of them. He is scheduled for an official visit to North Carolina this weekend, USC on June 10th and Rutgers on June 24th. Maryland is the fourth school on the list, but no official visit date has been set.

Babalade made an unofficial visit to USC for the spring game, and the relationship between he, Shane Beamer and offensive line coach Greg Adkins has continued to develop since then.

“I recently talked to the head coach, Beamer, Saturday,” Babalade said.  “He was just checking up on me, seeing how I was doing.  We just had a little chat, nothing major.  I talked to the O-line coach, Coach Adkins.  I was mainly asking him questions about a lot of stuff, basically just checking up on them and saying what’s up.  That’s pretty much it.”

Babalade said Beamer and Adkins have made it clear how they feel about him.

“They say that I’m one of their top priorities they want,” Babalade said.  “They just like everything about me.  They just love me.  I just like the energy from them.”

Babalade has also visited North Carolina, Pitt and Rutgers unofficially. He is looking forward to his official visits and wants to use the weekends to get a better feel for each program and how he might fit in.

“It’s really about vibe and how comfortable I am with the people,” Babalade said.  “Since I’m bringing my mother on the visits, I’m going to see if she likes it.  Because I like it, I want to see if she likes it.”

Babalade plans to name an official short list of six or seven schools this summer. He is looking at August 10th for a possible commitment date. Some of his other offers include Duke, Boston College, Pitt, NC State, Kentucky, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Miami, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Penn State.

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