Player Primer: Victor Akinyemi
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Also a standout on the hardwood, Marian Catholic’s 2018 WR Victor Akinyemi’s football recruiting has been gaining steam as of late. We talked FBS schools showing serious interest in him, his 7on7 plans and how he is a very adaptable player on the field.
You can find Victor on Twitter @_Aintthatvick.
Chicago Heights, IL
Wt: 200 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
Photo Credit: Varsity Views
LPI: Now that your season is over it’s already time to get ready for next season. What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing 7on7?
VA: Currently, basketball season is going on, but I am working hard with my Coach Vince Bland in preparation for camps and combines. This spring I will playing with HeroH 7 on 7. I am very excited about learning new things at my position and playing against the best so it should be a great experience!
LPI: You currently do not have any offers, but I believe you definitely have what it takes to play college ball. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
VA: I am big and physical receiver with big play ability downfield. I am a smooth route runner and can get off any press coverage. One of my greatest strengths is going up to high point a ball. 90% of the time, I was double-teamed but I still managed to make plays downfield. I can run any route in the book and I don’t mind taking a shot on a slant over the middle for my quarterback. I believe I am very coachable and I can adapt to new systems quickly. I can take constructive criticism without taking it personally or getting angry. Also, I am always looking for ways to improve and get better whether it be watching film or working out everyday.
LPI: What schools have shown serious interest in you and do you have any planned visits coming up?
VA: So far Illinois, Indiana, and NIU have shown lots of interest. Many schools have asked for my transcripts such as Purdue, Northwestern, Virginia, Syracuse, and Notre Dame so I’m hoping to hear from them soon. I have received emails from EMU, Penn, Princeton, Kansas, and Buffalo. I am looking forward to visit Illinois sometime this month or next month and also looking to visit Michigan State in the spring. I am looking to visit Indiana again also.
LPI: On and off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
VA: I demonstrate leadership mostly through my actions. I know that I have to watch what I do or say because people are looking up to me as a big brother or a role model. With our Quarterback Cam Thomas leaving for Illinois, I will have to step up and lead a young team and prepare for the obstacles ahead. It will be a challenge but I am looking forward to it.
LPI: Tell me about some of your teammates that can play at the next level, but are getting overlooked by college coaches.
Warren Allen – Very big body at 6’5 200+. He played both sides of the ball for us this season (DL and TE) barely missing a snap. He is quick of the line and is not worried about personal stats as long as the job gets done.
Aidan Anderson – LB who is quick to the ball and makes good tackles. He is a hard worker on and off the field and carries a great attitude with him. He is a great leader, very coachable and is always looking to improve. He made the All-Conference team this year and definitely deserved it.
Josh Jones – Very overlooked DB. He is great with his hands and is very physical. He doesn’t back down from a challenge. Josh never complains and simply goes out and gets the job done. He can also play the LB and SS positions.
Christian Simmons – Traditional big, hard runner and RB. Will run through you and make you feel every bit of it. Extremely hard worker on and off the field. He never missed a workout in the offseason or summer. Great person to be around.