AJC’s Friday Night Spotlight: 2-star gets noticed after playing against elite receiver

Every Friday, the AJC will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the state as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Adesola Abisoye, a cornerback out of Grayson High School.

Adesola Abisoye (GraysonRamsfootball.com)

Adesola Abisoye (GraysonRamsfootball.com)

  • Name: Adesola Abisoye
  • High School: Grayson High School
  • Position: CB
  • Ranking: 2-star
  • Offers: Georgia State, FAMU, Alcorn State and South Alabama
  • Class: 2016

Adesola Abisoye entered Grayson High School’s contest against Archer last Friday with the intentions of proving himself.

He knew what task was ahead of him. Opposite of him would be 5-star Kyle Davis, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound receiver who’s regarded by some as the best in the country. And while everyone knew of Davis, few outside of Loganville were familiar with Abisoye or let alone could pronounce his name.

But there he stood, all 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds of him.

“He asked for it,” Kenyatta Watson, the Grayson assistant who is in charge of recruiting, told the AJC. “He said, ‘This is my senior year. Either he’s going to beat me or I’m going to shut him down. One of two things is going to happen.’”

Abisoye, a 2-star prospect, continued on to play the game of his high school career. He held Davis to just two catches for 13 yards. Archer attempted one deep ball to Davis all evening, and Abisoye drove him out of bounds.

He played with confidence. He knew when it was a run or a pass based on Davis’ body language from studying film. He was prepared.

“We were ready,” Abisoye said. “We knew that No. 11 wasn’t going to beat us. It was the running game we needed to stop.”

As it goes, Grayson topped Archer, 26-24, thanks in part to a game-winning field goal by sophomore Will VanPamelen with just seconds remaining.

“He played lights out,” said Watson.

For Abisoye, one of the least recognized recruits in the state, it was more than just the best game he’s played in his high school career. It was the kind of game he knew he was capable of playing, one that would show recruiting circles that he belonged.

To no surprise, several schools took notice.

Kenyatta Watson returned to work on Monday morning to field phone calls from Syracuse, Minnesota, Utah, UAB, University of Central Florida, South Florida and Illinois.

“Those are, literally, as of Monday, they reached out for me asking for his first three games of highlights,” Watson said.

Abisoye, who only reported offers from Georgia State, South Alabama, FAMU and Alcorn State prior to last Friday’s game, is now suddenly a hot commodity.

And it’s not by accident.

“The kid is a … when I say one of the best kids you ever want to be around,” Watson said. “He’s a tireless worker. He wants to be the best. And he works like it. With him being a senior right now, he’s the first kid on the field, last kid off. First kid in the film room, last kid out.”

But that’s how Abisoye has had to approach the game. He began playing football in the eighth grade at Grayson Middle School and was assigned to the school’s Division II squad. Still, on an inferior team, he rarely played, if it all.

“I really wasn’t good when I first started playing football,” Abisoye said. “I had to train.”

And so he did. He picked up cues from several of his teammates, most notably former Grayson linebacker Mohamed Barry, who committed to Nebraska last year. He began training at Georgia Sports Performance, an athletic training facility located in Atlanta.

It wasn’t until his junior year that he made his first start.

“He’s very smart,” Watson said. “He has a very high football IQ. And that comes from his film preparation. He’s a leader. He doesn’t talk very much on the field, but he continues to make plays.”

Abisoye, who is rated as the No. 194 prospect in the state isn’t swayed by what the rankings may suggest.

His performance last Friday, though, is indicative of what the Grayson cornerback knows he can do.

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