August 1, 2012
Texas wide receiver has two at top
Texas wide receiver Temi Alaka has Purdue and Iowa State at the top of his list, but a decision likely won't come until he has an opportunity to visit the schools.
And that chance will come with officials during the season.
"I will be looking at the campus and the area surrounding it, just to make sure it's not going to be a boring place to stay," he said of Purdue. "I want to see what the actual city has to offer. But from what I've seen it looks pretty good."
Alaka has 10 offers, but only two - Purdue and Iowa State - come from BCS conference schools. Those are the two he plans to officially visit, but no exact dates have been set. Although the Boilers and Cyclones are the top schools, as of now, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has left room for others to join.
"That's a possibility," said Alaka, who is nearly fully recovered from an ankle injury. "I consider every offer I get. I look at the athletics and academics, and the competition and all of that. I didn't play spring this year because of my ankle, so based on the kind of season I have this year, I might be seeing more offers."
But Purdue is in good standing. Alaka says he's built a good relationship with wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins, who recruits the Houston, Texas, area.
"I've done some research on Purdue and have found that they are a top academic school, as well," said Alaka, who is considering majoring in business. "Academics is really big for my parents and myself. So they are at the top in academics and are a good athletic school. I took a look at the campus, as well, and it looks nice. Those are big things for me."
Alaka recorded 24 catches for 530 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Cypress Falls, and feels his physicality - and blocking - is one of his biggest strengths.
"I'm pretty good at making big plays down the field, with the deep ball," he said. "Going up and getting the ball at its highest point."
Alaka says he'd looking forward to his senior season, and the official visits that will come with it. And he's happy with the two schools at the top of his list.
"I like the level of competition at both schools, in the Big Ten and the Big 12," he said. "From an athletic standpoint, I think they are both really good schools."
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