Collegiate School WR Ayinde Budd (Photo courtesy of Collegiate School Athletics)
Blue Hens grab a tall wide out in Ayinde Budd
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
With the season rapidly approaching, another huge prospect within the Central Region has taken his name off of the big board. Many programs have had their eyes on Collegiate starting wide receiver Ayinde Budd (2019 WR 6-4 186) as he has continued to draw interest throughout the spring and summer months. Late Thursday evening, the Collegiate star took to Twitter in announced his commitment to the University of Delaware all but officially ending his recruitment heading into the regular season.
“When I visited the campus and got the chance speak to all the coaches specifically Coach Rocco, I just knew the University of Delaware was the right place for me. The coaches like my size and athleticism. I’ll be getting the chance to compete and play as a freshman. It was a very difficult decision,” Budd told recruit804.
Despite having a breakout season for Collegiate last year, Budd wasn’t on the radar of many collegiate programs. Budd finished the season with 860 yards on 69 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He was able to garner All-Prep, All-State and All-Metro honors last year all while winning offensive MVP for the Cougars. Budd picked up his first collegiate offer from Delaware State University in early June which was followed by Delaware, Richmond and finally VMI. With his commitment finally set in stone, Budd now gets to play out his senior season without the added pressure of having to find a place to call home at the end of the regular season.
“I am fortunate to have the options to play at other great schools, but I chose the one that’s right for me. I feel a big sense of relief after making my decision. Now I can just focus on my last high school football season. My mission is to help bring the seventh national championship to Delaware. Playing college football is something I’ve been dreaming of for a long time. I get the opportunity to play a sport I love and get a free education,” Budd stated.
Collegiate will start its football season on September 7 where the Cougars will travel Trinity Episcopal to take on the Titans. Trinity Episcopal has dropped its last two games against Collegiate including last year’s 34-13 drubbing.
– Brandon Mitchell