2023 DL Oluwademilade Omopariola discusses Syracuse commitment

Oluwademilade Omopariola
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Oluwademilade Omopariola has a nickname: Nigerian Nightmare.

The moniker was earned during his time at Gwynn Oak (MD) Woodlawn.

It’s easy to see why. The  2023 6-foot-4, 246-pound defensive lineman, who committed to Syracuse on Sunday, is a three sport star, competing in wrestling, track & field and football. He possesses the strength (bench: 300 lbs), speed (40M: 4.6 seconds) and intelligence (3.6 GPA) to disrupt opposing offenses.

At Gwynn Oak, Omopariola played linebacker and defensive line, and played with an attitude that he will take to Central New York.

“I don’t smile a lot,” Omopariola said in an interview with The Juice Online. “When it’s business, it’s business.”

While he doesn’t smile on the field, Omopariola enjoyed himself on his official visit to Syracuse over the weekend, where he got to take in SU’s facilities, practices and meet with the players and coaches.

The visit was enough to seal his commitment to the Orange over offers from Temple and Morgan State.

“The environment and people are very welcoming,” Omopariola said. “They have a family-like bond.”

The Syracuse family has been growing rapidly in the past week, with the Orange adding six commitments, including from another defensive lineman, in the 2023 cycle.

» Related: Notre Dame transfer Jayden Bellamy commits to Syracuse

Omopariola joins New York prospects Rashard Perry and Jalil Smith, along with Alabama defensive line transfer Braylen Ingraham who committed to Syracuse last Monday.

Omopariola is looking forward to getting to Syracuse and getting to work.

“Becoming successful and becoming a better player,” Omopariola said when asked what he’s most excited for at Syracuse. “I feel like I have a great mindset. I’m all about mentality. I’m a fast, aggressive, strong D-lineman, and that’s why I go by the nickname ‘Nigerian Nightmare.'”

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.