Forget the Razzle Dazzle

Jeremiah Attaochu

This weekend, Jeremiah Attaochu is officially visiting Illinois. "They are in The Big Ten and I've always liked the Big Ten," Attaochu said. "They are known for defense and they are a winning program that is still up-and-coming. I'm looking for the perfect balance of academics and football. I want to go and develop as a player and go to a school with a good reputation for student-athletes..."

Jeremiah Attaochu, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound three-star defensive end from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., took his first official visit on Dec. 5 to Syracuse.

"I liked what I saw," Attaochu said about the Orange. "It's a nice school and the academics are good too. I really like how it's a small campus and a small town. You can go there and really focus on school and football."

Attaochu says he also developed a good relationship with the Syracuse coaching staff. "This is their first real recruiting class," he said. "And the team is getting better. I like the improvements they've made, especially on defense.

"I see them improving next year too," he said about the ‘Cuse. "They said they are an attack defense and they'd have me attacking the passer and coming off the edge a lot."

His player host was junior defense tackle Bud Tribbey.

Attaochu also had an in-home visit from Syracuse's defensive coordinator, Scott Shafer, on Dec. 10. "He spent most of the time talking with my mom," he said. "My dad and I got a lot of time to talk to him during my visit.

"He really stressed the media program that Syracuse has and that's what I want to go into," he said.

Last week he had an in-home visit from Illinois and his first in-home visit was from Kansas State's co-defensive coordinator Chris Cosh about two weeks ago.

"I like K-State," he said about the Wildcats. "They play with what they have. The coaches bring out the best in you. I like coach Cosh a lot because he doesn't try to razzle dazzle you.

"They don't always have the most talent, but they play hard and win games they're not supposed to," he said.

Attaochu plans on visiting the Wildcats sometime in January. He's also planning to visit Duke next month, but doesn't have a date set yet.

This weekend, Dec. 11, Attaochu will be taking an official visit to Illinois. "They are in The Big Ten and I've always liked the Big Ten," he said. "They are known for defense and they are a winning program that is still up-and-coming."

Attaochu still denies a favorite, but says it's down to Syracuse, Illinois, Kansas State, Duke and Maryland. All have offered and he says they're all recruiting him equally hard.

Interestingly, Attaochu's top five features schools from four different conferences (Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and the ACC). "I didn't even really think about that," he said. "I guess I've got some pretty good variety going."

Attaochu says he won't make a commitment until after his visits. "I'm looking for the perfect balance of academics and football," he said. "I want to go and develop as a player and go to a school with a good reputation for student-athletes.

"I'll pray about it and see where God wants me to go," he said.

Attaochu plans to major in journalism and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 940 two-part-SAT.

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