OT Oluwatosin “Tree” Babalade (6-5 296) of Hyattsville, MD wrapped up his official visits last week with stops at Rutgers and Maryland. Earlier he made visits to USC, North Carolina and Ohio State. Originally, his plan was to make his commitment announcement on August 10th. Now, his plan to is to do his due diligence on the five finalists and decide a month sooner.
“I’m just thinking about breaking it down little by little and see how it is,” Babalade said. “I’m going to push the decision up to like the second or third week of July. They are equal right now. I’m going to talk to my people about and brainstorm about it. I’ll just choose who is the best fit for me. That’s pretty much it.”
Babalade added that two key factors will determine which program he will choose.
“The family part, and also a place I can play,” Babalade said.
Babalade was offered by USC in March. He made his first visit to the campus in April for the spring game and returned for his official visit June 10th. All the while, head coach Shane Beamer and offensive line coach Greg Adkins have been in regular contact, and they haven’t let up.
“I talked to Sam Serbay, Greg Adkins, the whole O-line staff and the head coach too,” Babalade said. “The head coach hit me up today (Monday). Basically, they were all hitting me up today.”
The Gamecocks actually led for Babalade following his official visit, but the trip to Ohio State led him to back up from that position, leaving the Gamecocks in a battle to land one of their top offensive line prospects next month.