Four-star more interested after Florida extends teammate an offer

Jun 17, 2019 | 0 comments

Four-star Katy (Tx.) Tompkins strong-side defensive end Tunmise Adeleye‍‘s message to college programs recruiting him rings loud and clear. He may hold 26 offers, but the only schools he is seriously looking at have also offered his best friend, four-star dual-threat quarterback Jalen Milroe‍.

“A lot of people think we’re not going end up going to the same school. If you’re looking at me, you are going to have to start looking at Jalen too,” stated Adeleye.

In recruiting, this is known as a package deal.

For those who may not be familiar with the term, a package deal is when two recruits (who are typically extremely close friends or teammates) plan to further their college careers at the same school. It is notable that the deal rarely ends up happening due to different programs being better-suited for each player.

However, Adeleye and Milroe are determined.

“People say it’s not going to happen,” Adeleye said. “It’s going to happen. This is something we’ve talked about for a while. That’s my brother.”

After Milroe reeled in an offer from Florida this week, Adeleye, who has had an offer from the Gators since January, told Inside the Gators he is more serious about the Gators. Both players have the same primary recruiter in UF quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson.

Adeleye said he and Johnson talk “about once a week” and could not be happier about Milroe’s recent offer, as it seems to have been in the works for a while.

“I talked to Coach Johnson about Jalen when I visited Gainesville with my dad and my aunt [in March]. When I was there, I told him that [Milroe] is a kid who it would be good to jump on board for and then [Johnson] came during Spring to watch him throw. He really deserves this and I’m so happy.”

Although flattered by Johnson’s attention to his word the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder solely chalks up the offer to Milroe (the third highest-ranked dual threat in the nation) to his hard work under center.

“I think it’s indicative of how much [Florida] wants me, but it’s also indicative of how hard Jalen works. Florida doesn’t recruit just anyone. The guys Coach Johnson offers hold weight.”

Delving more into his own recruitment, Adeleye has taken notice of Dan Mullen’s success at developing players on the defensive line.

“Coach Mullen built defense at Mississippi State and Coach Johnson says he’s going to do the same at Florida,” he explained. “I saw the draft and I saw some guys who played DE at Florida get drafted and some of the elite d-linemen Coach Mullen developed at Mississippi State go in the first round. That shows me how he is able to recruit and his ability to develop guys.”

Outside of his own position, the top 50 prospect sees the University of Florida on an upward trajectory across the board.

“It’s a school that’s going to start contending for a National Championship sooner rather than later. Really soon.”

He did not specify the immediate need to contend for a ring in the interview nor did he drop a list of top schools. However, there is a trend of success at the schools Adeleye and Milroe are choosing to visit.

“We’re not close to any decision, but Florida, Florida State, Alabama, and Texas A&M are schools we’re looking at together. If Texas comes around [for Milroe] that might be in there too.”

It is unsurprising that the Longhorns are getting a little bit of leeway, as both Adeleye and Milroe hail from Texas. Since Mullen took the reins at UF, though, the Gators are dipping into the Lone Star State more than they have in the recent past with the likes of incoming WR Arjei Henderson‍ and 2020 cornerback commit Avery Helm‍ both coming from four states over.

“Florida is a school where a lot of kids don’t come from Texas,” Adeleye admitted. “But, Texas has the best athletes so colleges that don’t recruit them are at a disadvantage. I feel like guys aren’t really afraid of leaving to go other places, though. Not everyone stays in Texas. “

However, it is still about a 13 hour drive to Gainesville from Katy. While these two players from Tompkins might not make it on campus this Summer, Adeleye said a trip is definitely in the cards.

“Gainesville is something we’ve talked about. We will probably come up for a game in the Fall.”

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