Position: Running back
Location: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North
Weight: 215 pounds
Recruiting: Olorunfunmi took an unofficial visit to UCLA last month and it always seemed like just a matter of time before the Bruins offered. They ended up offering two weeks ago and over the weekend at the NIKE Camp, the athlete said he could make an early decision. He proved a man of his word announcing for the Bruins just two days later.
What to Like: Olorunfunmi is the top power back in the west. He's a physical, down hill runner who will give UCLA a grinding, between the tackle back who is tough and can wear down a defense. He's a decisive back who doesn't dance around in the backfield but will pick a hole, and explode through it. He can run through defenders and has the frame to add another 15 pounds or so easily at the next level. He doesn't have elite speed but he's not slow either. He clocked a 4.73-40 (electronic) time at the NIKE Camp last Sunday, which is actually good for a 215 pound H.S junior. His 35" vertical jump shows he has some explosive athleticism and on his tape, he routinely runs away from defenders. Olorunfunmi runs with an attitude and a chip on his shoulder, feeling like he's still under-rated and too lightly regarded. You'll never have to work about his work ethic off the field and he's a very good student as well.
What may be of concern: As mentioned, Olorunfunmi has pretty solid top end speed but we'd like him to see him continue to work on his burst and hip flexibility. He's a little stiff changing direction and is just OK right now as a pass catcher out of the backfield. The key for Olorunfunmi will be adding size the right way and not allowing it to slow him down or cause him to lose any fluidity. He's never going to a juke and go type of player but you still want him to be as flexible as possible so he can at least make that first cut, make a guy miss in the open field and get up the field.
Overall Analysis: With an early commitment from Virginia athlete Jason Lewis, projected to play running back in college, it didn't look like UCLA was in the running for another big back this recruiting cycle, especially with limited scholarships. The offer to Olorunfunmi may have surprised some but he's definitely a player who can play at the high Div I level. Other than Myles Jack, who is first and foremost a linebacker, UCLA doesn't have a true between the tackle type runner and Olorunfunmi is the best guy out west who can hammer a defense. When you combine his size, growth potential, toughness, work ethic and under-rated athleticism, he's a definitely a player with some upside to him who could end up developing in to an impact player at the next level.