April 25, 2011

Sunrise duo decision on Tuesday

Sometimes the recruiting process can be as hard on the coaches of the prospects as it is on the kids. You could sense some of that from the relief in the voice of Sunrise Christian Academy Coach Kyle Lindsted on Sunday night as he confirmed that both Gabe Olaseni and Eric Katenda will announce their college choices on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm real happy," Lindsted said with a laugh.

After several official visits and potential twists and turns in recent weeks, the 6-foot-9 Katenda and the 6-foot-10 Olaseni have reached their final decisions.

This past week it looked as if both could potentially take at least one more official visit. Now they will both announce their decisions at 2:45 p.m. at Sunrise Christian Academy surrounded by teammates and friends.

"They are young and I think to an extent they have really enjoyed the process and taking their time, but it begins to be a lot. I think they are happy to end it and they are ready. I think they both know in their hearts where they want to be and they are ready to make it public."

One of the two did take a visit this weekend, but it was the unofficial variety.

"Eric did not take a visit this weekend," Lindsted said. "Gabe did take a visit, but it was an unofficial visit to an anonymous school."

Lindsted declined to name the school that Olaseni visited, but did confirm that the school has extended a scholarship offer. He also confirmed that Oklahoma, who Olaseni had been interested in, did not extend a scholarship offer. Olaseni holds and offer from Iowa and visited the Hawkeye campus in late March.

Katenda will decide between the three schools that he took official visits to this spring: Iowa, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame.

Lindsted said that neither Katenda nor Olaseni has informed college coaches of their decision and would likely do that on Tuesday morning. He added that both are comfortable with their choices.

"They are comfortable with their decisions. I just sort of left them alone this weekend for the most part other than asking them who is in your heart and mind with your decision. They have had enough days with their school in their mind and heart and they know where they want to go," he said.


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