News Draft pick Tunde Adeleke explains late signing with Calgary Stampeders

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    Tunde Adeleke knew what it looked like when the Calgary Stampeders announced that they’d signed seven of their eight picks from the 2017 CFL Draft.

    Adeleke, of course, was the only draft pick who hadn’t signed with the team when the announcement was made last week. There wasn’t much time left before rookie camp opened, so questions spread about what exactly was going on.

    Turns out, there was never anything to worry about. Adeleke signed a contract with the Stampeders on Wednesday and was on the field at McMahon Stadium for the start of rookie camp on Thursday morning.

    “I guess it was kind of a late signing, but this was my first time being in this situation and I didn’t think it was an issue to take my time,” Adeleke said after the first of Thursday’s two rookie camp training sessions. “I saw one of those posts on Twitter and I was like ‘Oh God, I guess I’d better hurry up’ but I just took my time and I knew I was coming here, I was committed to the team and I was happy they drafted me.”

    Like many of the first-year players at Stamps rookie camp, Adeleke remains something of an unknown quantity to most fans and media. The one thing everyone is absolutely sure about is that the Stampeders think highly of him.

    The team chose Adeleke in the third round, 25th overall, of the draft earlier this month after he posted the fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the CFL combine.

    President and GM John Hufnagel described Adeleke as a kick returner at the time, and that’s the position where the 21-year-old earned all-Canadian and first time Ontario University Association honours in 2015 and ’16.

    Over four seasons at Carleton University, though, Adeleke did a lot more than just return punts and kickoffs, though, as he was a second-team OUA all-star in both ’14 and ’16 at defensive back.
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