Posted On: 10/16/20 12:42 PM
A few hours before Eaglecrest and Cherokee Trail were set to play each other in one of the biggest Week 1 games in the state, a top prospect playing in that game dropped some big news.
Seyi OladipoSeyiOladipo5'11" | DBEaglecrest | 2021StateCO, a two-way player for Eaglecrest that is ranked the No. 4 defensive back and No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2021 by Prep Redzone Colorado, released a video and then a second message on social media announcing his plans to commit to Boise State next year.
— Seyi Oladipo (@Seyi4Oladipo) October 9, 2020
In an interview with Marty Cesario on the Next Up Video Podcast, Oladipo explained his decision to release his commitment just hours before taking the field for his first game of his senior year.
“Me and my best friends have been talking about it,” Oladipo said. “We weren’t supposed to have a season. The way everything was working out, I was not going to get another chance to play with all my brothers and all my best friends. When it came down to it, I was like, ’let me make this the best day possible,’.”
As for why he chose Boise State, it was the team culture and success that drew Oladipo to join the Broncos.
“I chose Boise (State) because the culture of the blue is like no other,” Oladipo said. “They’re a team where the culture never really changes. Coach (Bryan) Harsin played for Boise, coach (Gabe) Franklin played for Boise, and Boise is a town where they take care of each other. That was definitely one thing that drew me to Boise. The program is the winningest program in the past decade. It’s just a place that when I went there this summer just to see the town, I felt I could be at home there.”
A two-year starter on defense who has also found a role on offense and in the special teams as a returner, Oladipo has flashed in the secondary for Eaglecrest. He had three interceptions and 18 pass breakups in his sophomore year to go with 45 tackles. As a result, many teams chose to avoid throwing his direction last year, but he still grabbed a pair of interceptions and had 38 tackles in 2019. His speed is a great asset and allows him to fly to the football in the open field and stay stride for stride with opposing receivers. And even at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, he brings plenty of pop with his shoulder pads in pursuit in the run game.
On the day he released his commitment, Oladipo also backed up his play against Cherokee Trail. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and caught four passes on offense to go with his play on the defensive side of the ball as Eaglecrest completed a big comeback in the second half to win 62-50.
“I dropped (the video), so we couldn’t go out and lose,” Oladipo said. “There was more incentive that we could not lose this game.”
Eaglecrest won another shootout on Thursday over Grandview 43-42 to improve to 2-0 on the season.