"Yea, I think that kind of took everyone by surprise," Adeboyejo
recalled. "I knew after I got up there on that visit that it was the school
for me. It had everything I was looking for."
Like so many recruits, the decision ultimately hinged on his relationship with
"It was their coaches that really sold me. Coach (Wesley) McGriff, although
I know he's not there anymore, played a big part in my decision. Every
time I talked to coach McGriff he made it feel that's where I needed to be.
Coach (Hugh) Freeze too. I also had a great relationship with coach Freeze.
I knew he was the kind of coach I wanted to play for. It was definitely the
Ole Miss coaches that sold me."
Adeboyejo had 91 catches for 1,265 yards and 17 TDs last season. He had
a hiccup with a pinky injury this offseason, but he's just a couple weeks
away from that issue being resolved.
"I'm in the best shape of my life to be honest. I'm doing all of the
workouts that Ole Miss sent me, and I have a personal trainer that helps me
too. I broke my pinky so I'm getting better. I'm about two weeks away from
getting my splint off. I'll be able to start catching balls in about ten days.
I don't report to Ole Miss until June 23rd (graduate date at Cedar Hills is
after Ole Miss' first day of class for first summer session) but I can't wait to
get on campus. I'm ready to bond with the guys I signed with for the next four
years. It's a business now so I have to keep grinding so I can stay on top."
The business aspect was noticeable for the 5A All-State selection this offseason.
"I worked really hard to put on some weight. I put on 12 pounds of muscle.
I'm up to 190. I was playing at 175 this fall. I wanted to work on my press
coverages since I'm so tall. My trainer is teaching me how to stay low and
get me out on my feet. I feel more explosive now. I ran a 21.62 in the 200 meters
in district and placed second. I saw how Donte (Moncrief) used his size to his
advantage but what separates him is that he also has breakaway speed. I'm
trying to pretty much pattern my game after him."
Like Moncrief, Adeboyejo feels like he is a big-time playmaker on the field.
"I make the big plays. I'm just a playmaker out there. I love to make
the big play. I'm really fast for a guy 6' 3". I'm as fast as the small
guys, and I run great routes. That's what I bring to the table."
When Adeboyejo does report to Ole Miss in late June he wants to become familiar
with his surroundings so he can really concentrate on football when two-a-days
start in August.
"I'm just ready to move up there so I can use to the campus. I want to
know where all of my classes are and just know where everything is located so
I can get my feet underneath me. It'll be my first time away from home. I
want to be real familiar with everything before practice starts. That's what
I hope to get accomplished this summer."
The goals for this fall go a step further.
"I definitely want to play a lot and have a lot of catches. I want to help
Ole Miss get back on the map and win a SEC championship. Our class is going
to turn things around. We're headed for big things when we get there."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org