Garland, Texas native Chancey Aghayere now holds 23 offers, but has already narrowed his list of schools down to six. Oklahoma is one of the schools that is right near the top of the list for this athletic defensive prospect and will most likely get an official visit out of him at some point.
Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and Louisville are the six schools lucky enough to still be in the running for 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end prospect Chancey Aghayere. We caught up with the defensive standout to see where the Sooners stand for his services and learn a bit of what he liked about his entire list.
“I talk to Oklahoma on and off, but I just got a new job a few weeks ago, so it has been tough to keep in touch with them as much as I want to because I have a completely different schedule,” Aghayere explained. “Coach (Bob) Stoops and I spoke about a week or so ago and he just told me that they were really glad they made my top six and that he really wanted to get me on campus and have me become a Sooner.”
On the day that Aghayere’s teammate and right hand man at defensive tackle Casey Walker decided to end his recruitment and become a Sooner, we asked the young pass rusher how his friend’s choice would affect his thoughts going forward as well as what he likes about the Oklahoma program so far.
“Casey and I are very close,” Aghayere added. “I actually just came from his house as we were hanging out over there for a while. I don’t know yet how much him committing there will effect my decision, but I would prefer to go to a school where I already know at least one person, so I guess you could say it will. I like Oklahoma because they have a winning tradition and have a very fast, very creative and very active defense where there is a lot of stunting and stemming. They told me they like me at defensive end and I know they like to stand their guys up sometimes, so even though I have only played linebacker once I am sure I could learn to do it.”
As far who the main competition will be for Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and LSU seem to be right on track followed by Notre Dame and Louisville, however Aghayere did not put the teams in any particular order as we spoke to him today.
“Texas wanted me to come to camp this weekend, but I don’t have a ride, so I talked to Coach (Mack) Brown and Coach (Oscar) Giles about that on Monday and explained the situation so they knew,” Aghayere said. “I grew up watching Texas and they are the home state team, so that plays a bit of a factor for me. I really like that they have a ton of fan support and that it seems like a family atmosphere surrounding the program.”
“I talk to an old teammate of mine Brandon Antwine every day that goes to Florida now and he has told me a lot about it. Coach (Greg) Mattison and I just spoke yesterday and he said he just can’t wait until I come down there and visit. He wants me to play alongside Brandon again in The Swamp. It definitely does help that I know Brandon and it would be nice to play in a conference as competitive as the SEC, especially when they just won a national championship. I am probably going to take an official visit to see them when they play Tennessee this year.”
“My contact with LSU has been kind of off and on lately and we’ve really been playing phone tag because of this new job,” Aghayere stated. “Coach (D.J.) McCarthy seems very cool and is always cracking jokes, making me laugh. I have been to New Orleans before and liked it there. Again, it’s the SEC and they send players to the NFL which is my dream, so there is a lot to like.”
“I spoke to Coach (Rob) Ianello and Head Coach (Charlie) Weis from Notre Dame on the phone and they’re either planning on stopping down or talking with my coach and I next week,” Aghayere explained. “I’m not 100-percent on what is happening there. I know going to Notre Dame I would basically be getting an Ivy League education and would play on national television every week. I need to get more information about them and do some research as I don’t know as much about them. I am thinking about taking an official visit there.”
“Louisville is another team I like because they are on the rise in the BCS and I have been following them for about a year or so now.”
As a junior Aghayere collected 60 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and four sacks while earning first team All-District honors.
As a sophomore, Aghayere collected 31 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks, one caused fumble and two recovered fumbles on his way to being named Sophomore of the Year for Region 11-5A.
He plans to make his decision public on his birthday which is September 17th.
With most of the 2008 class already filled, the number of uncommitted prospects at UT’s summer camp this weekend was small. However, that didn’t stop the Longhorn coaches from extending an offer to one of the top prospects on campus. Which 2008 prospect received an offer over the weekend?
“Yeah, I made it down there,” McKinney Boyd wide receiver Jeffrey Fuller said. “I had a great time.”
Fuller had an opportunity to talk with all of the coaches during his visit, but he left Austin without an offer. It wasn’t until he got home that he found out the Longhorns had indeed extended an offer.
“Yeah I talked to all of the coaches,” Fuller said. “Yes they did (offer), but I didn’t find out until I got home.”
One thing is for sure, the offer will definitely play a big role into Fuller’s decision. He talked about what the offer means and how interested he is in the Longhorns.
“Texas is coming off of a national championship two years ago and an Alamo Bowl victory this year. They have a great team, a great program and a great school. So, I’m definitely interested. I would actually say that I am more than interested,” Fuller said.
Fuller has offers from just about every big time program in the nation and is in no hurry to make a decision. He is still wide open and is planning on making one more visit before the summer comes to an end.
“I want to go see Florida,” Fuller said.
Thomas Parsons, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from Smithson Valley High in Texas gave a verbal commitment to play for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
"I went there for an unofficial visit and as soon as I walked in that huge stadium, I just got a feeling that this is where I want to play," said Thomas Parsons. "I spent a lot of time talking to coach [Les] Miles and coach Stud (Greg Studwara) , and they made it perfectly clear just how bad they wanted me. I had been to UT (Texas), Oklahoma and some other places, but I knew LSU was the one for me."
Parsons says that his offer total is up to 16, and it includes the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and others.
All of those schools offer strong tradition, good academic programs and top-notch facilities but the LSU coaches did a good job of selling what the Tigers had to offer.
"Coach Miles and coach Stud seem like great guys, and I hear nothing but great things about the staff as a whole," Parsons said. "They made me feel really good while I was down there with everything they said, and you can tell they are very genuine."
What exactly did Miles and Studwara say they liked about Parsons?
"They like that I am a big kid and that I am so versatile," Parsons explained. "I run real well for a guy my size and I'm getting a lot stronger. They said they need tackles like me that could play either side."
Now that recruiting can be put to the side, the big Texan is focusing on the future.
"I'm hitting the weights so that I will be ready for our season and for when I get to LSU," he said. "That's my plan for the rest of the summer."