Brockton (Mass.) Thayer Academy defensive end Samuel Okunlola has his share of collegiate opportunities. Despite it being relatively early in the 2022 recruiting cycle, he already holds nearly three dozen offers. They include Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and many others.
Syracuse extended an offer in December, and has remained in contact. In fact, Okunlola spoke with Syracuse defensive line coach Vince Reynolds earlier this week.
"He just checked in with me," Okunlola said. "Mentioned academics and how he likes my workout videos. We should have a virtual visit coming up soon."
The virtual visit has not yet been officially scheduled, but Okunlola says he is aiming for Sunday.
"Looking forward to seeing the facilities, culture and learning more about the school," Okunlola said. "I've never been on campus before."
The NCAA does not allow face to face visits currently, forcing schools to use virtual visits in order to show off their program. Okunlola has been learning more and more about Syracuse, and is looking forward to continuing that education.
"I'm definitely interested in learning more about 'Cuse," Okunlola said. "They have great academics and play high level football."
While the relationship with Okunlola and coach Reynolds is still developing, he has a good early impression of the Orange assistant.
"Just started talking to him recently," Okunlola said. "We have been talking for about a month. He seems like a good person and coach."
Okunlola has also taken note of two Syracuse defenders currently having success in the NFL in Chandler Jones and Alton Robinson.
"I like both of them a lot," Okunlola said. "Coach Ferri mentioned Alton and sent me some film on him. And everybody likes Chandler Jones. He's one of the best pass rushers in the NFL."