We're out of the disco-loving 70s and into the tumultuous 60s, so get ready, hippies. With just 69 days remaining until Boise State takes on Louisiana-Lafayette, today we'll look at a still-numberless newcomer, but one who could wear #69 if we're lucky—Kayode Rufai
#69, Kayode Rufai, True Freshman, DE
Weight: 240 lbs
High School: Lincoln High School, Portland, OR
How'd he get to the Blue™?
Call Rufai a late-bloomer if you will, but the Oregon DE was somewhat under-recruited after transferring from Lake Oswego High to Portland's Lincoln High for his senior season. Rufai committed to the Broncos late in the 2016 recruiting cycle...just days before being able to make it official on signing day. Rufai was rated a 2-star by Scout.com, but the folks at Rivals and 247 got a bit better look at him and tabbed him a 3-star. As a senior, Rufai landed on the All-Portland Interscholastic League first team and was also named honorable mention all-state (6A) after racking up 67 total tackles (5 for-loss) and a sack. Rufai chose the Broncos over offers from Oregon State, Portland State, and Wyoming and legend has it that the in-state Ducks were also considering pulling the scholarship trigger before he went blue and orange.
His name is sorta pronounced like the carnivorous canid. We just need to convince him, Waterboy-style, that opposing QBs are chickens.
Ranked #7 player in Oregon by 247sports as a senior and #9 by Rivals. Named to All-Portland Interscholastic League first team after final prep campaign and an all-state honorable mention.
Boise State loaded up on so many quality, game-ready DTs in the 2016 recruiting class that it's easy to forget that they also hauled in a really nice pair of ends in Rufai and Derriyon Shaw. We'll take a look at what Shaw brings to the table this coming Friday, but for now—we're going to look at his eventual book-end Rufai. Rufai was a bit of an unknown last January when he committed to the Broncos, but upon examining his highlight film (which you can also do on this very page), you will see that Rufai is no "project". The lanky Oregonian has decent speed, great instincts, and displays surprising power (possibly honed from playing offensive tackle) A year under the tutelage of Steve Caldwell and the strength and conditioning prowess of Jeff Pitman should have Rufai wreckin' stuff.
We're not stocked to the rafters with defensive ends at present, so there's a chance that we could see Rufai this fall, but I think it more likely that he takes his redshirt, puts a bit of weight on his frame and is turned loose in 2017. Of course, I've been wrong before and there's nothing on Rufai's tape that indicates he needs significant time to get game-ready. The college game is a different speed, but if incoming guys can adapt to that quickly and come in with a broad enough understanding of the playbook to be dangerous, there's no need to keep them on the bench. It might be a tall order and might be a bit of hyperbole, but I think from left to right, the incoming 2016 defensive line class could be a GREAT one if they stick together. Rufai's development will be key to bringing that to fruition.
Is he on Twitter?
Done with HS✊ pic.twitter.com/SKPrdt0KRt— NOLIMIT.YODE (@KayodeRufai) June 6, 2016
Yep, and recently cleared a rather important hurdle.
Completely made up fact
Being from earth-friendly Portland—Rufai would often recycle his tackles as to be more environmentally conscious.