"I have spoken to Coach Slaughter and we have developed a good relationship," said Ayeni. "I can't wait to get out there on a visit. He believes I have a lot of potential and could help contribute to the team right away."
With all of his travels - and his focus on soccer for the majority of his life - Ayeni's knowledge of West Virginia is limited. Still, there's one aspect of the program with which he's very familiar, and it could help the Mountaineers in his recruitment.
"I used to watch [former Mountaineer] Bruce Irvin play and I still watch his highlights from time to time," he said. "I feel like he is a really great pass rusher. I watch him to see how he was successful getting to the quarterback and incorporate it with my style and technique. I am hoping to get to the level he is playing at one day."
Still, Ayeni claims no leader out of the three schools - West Virginia, Northern Illinois and Arizona State - but does say he has an idea of what he's looking for in a future home.
"I want good coaching, a good school and somewhere I can go to get better and move on to the next level," he said.
Ayeni received a four-star, 92 rating from 247Sports as the nation's second-ranked junior college strong-side defensive end. He is a May graduate and will have three years to play two.
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