TALAHASSE — Ayobami Tifase will make his final decision shortly, a few days after the end of his official visit to Florida State. The defensive prospect’s recruiting has accelerated as he is set to reclassify in the Class of 2022 and enroll in college this week.
Tifase said he will probably make a decision in 2-3 days. And if he reclassifies, as expected, he will be at his new home on Wednesday of this coming week. USF, Virginia Technology, Arkansasand UConn are its four finalists.
“I was very happy, but very scared,” Tifase said. “I have these four schools, and what am I going to choose in this short time. It’s very scary, but I feel like I have the right people around me and the right knowledge about this place and all the other places they really need to know.
Video of Tifase’s post-official interview can be seen below.
Tifase’s recruiting has been a whirlwind, with the 6-foot-4, 311-pound defensive tackle having made official visits to Virginia Tech, Arkansas and FSU this week. FSU got the last visit before its decision.
Meeting coach Mike Norvell and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins were important aspects of his visit as Tifase wanted to see if the staff were as genuine in person as they were on the phone. Norvell and Tifase met for about an hour before her visit ended.
“Amazing guy. Is he like this every day? Amazing guy. I trust this guy. He’s very energetic, wise and he’s like me all the time. So I like this energy.”
And with Haggins, Tifase felt like the two relied on the constant communication they established when he was recruited.
“He never let go of communication. We probably take it twice a day every day,”said Tifase. “The more they kept recruiting me and the more I recruited myself, the more interested I was in coming here and visiting. … Looks like we connected, and I love it.
Haggins told Tifase that three defensive linemen could head to the NFL after this season, and the hope is that Tifase — after a redshirt academic season — could enter the rotation in 2023. That’s attractive for Tifase.
He said one of his favorite parts of the visit was stabbing the spear into the turf at FSU’s Visitor Center in College Town – ‘Probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen’ — and said the overall tour was “awesome.”
Now he has a decision to make in the next few days.
“I have to talk to my coach and all my family members. Tell them how much I enjoyed the experience and stuff like that. My sister is probably a huge FSU fan so I’m sure that she’ll enjoy the conversation.”