Academics vs Coaching
Chike Amajoyi (
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jan 21, 2007
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director and

Chike Amajoyi plans to commit this week after he hosts new Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh at his home Monday evening. The running back/linebacker denies a leader and says that it's still 50/50. The things Amajoyi will be weighing most heavily are Stanford's academics and Washington's coaching staff, which he calls…"one of the best in the nation."

Chike Amajoyi (6-0, 220, 4.5), the three-star running back/linebacker from Aquinas High School in San Bernardino (Calif.), continues to be perplexed as to whether Washington or Stanford will get his Letter-of-Intent signature.

"It's really 50/50 right now," said Amajoyi, ranked No. 45 by "I like both programs a lot."

He says he plans to make a decision early next week. "I've got a few Washington coaches coming to my school tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and then coach Jim Harbaugh (Stanford head coach) is coming to my house tomorrow night. That visit with Coach Harbaugh is really important because I need to see how comfortable I am around him on a personal level and if I feel I could play for him."

Amajoyi visited Washington on Jan. 5 and Stanford on Jan. 12. "I really liked everything about my Stanford visit," Amajoyi said. "I liked the players a lot. They are very humble, hard-working and intelligent guys. I could see myself there. I also really liked getting to know the professors a bit at the facility breakfast we had. I got a really good feel of what it would be like to be a student there.

"Academics are a key factor," Amajoyi said. "Stanford is hard to beat in that. Washington has great academics too, but Stanford definitely has the edge."

Despite Stanford having an edge academically, Amajoyi admits that Washington's edge is their coaching staff. "Coach Ty Willingham is one of the best coaches in the nation," Amajoyi said. "He's a great guy and is really down-to-earth. I could really see myself playing for him. They've been with me since the beginning and they were the first school to offer me. I feel like I can really trust coach Willingham and their entire coaching staff.

"The Stanford coaches seem nice, but I don't know them as well as I do the Washington staff," Amajoyi said. "The Stanford coaches are new, so you never know what to expect. But I do like how confident and focused them seem. Their motto is "no excuses" and they just want to build and win. They really believe they can turn it around quickly."

Amajoyi also visited Arizona State on Nov. 18 and Nevada on Dec. 8. He says that every school is recruiting him for running back, expect for the Huskies who want him at linebacker. "I feel more comfortable at running back, but I don't mind linebacker," Amajoyi said. "I've just played running back more consistently over the last few years."

He reports a 3.9 core GPA and a 2000 SAT (new version).

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