A native of Nigeria, Aruna arrived in the United States to follow his dream of playing basketball collegiately and professionally. However, once a football coach convinced him to give football a try, Aruna attended various camps on college campuses to learn a game that he had never played. The tall, sinewy athlete eventually transferred to a high school in Northern Illinois that offered both sports. Aruna starred in basketball and football as a senior and chose Tulane over offers from Mississippi State and other FBS programs.
After redshirting to qualify academically and gradually progressing as a player, he had his most productive season as a junior with 43 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks, setting the stage for an even bigger senior year. However, Tulane implemented more of a 3-4 base defensive scheme, hiding Aruna's talents as an outside pass rusher stuck inside or over the offensive tackle.
Aruna can do some freaky things for a player his size. Lower body explosion? Check (confirmed by his 38 1/2-inch vertical). Initial speed? Check (1.59 10-yard split). Gliding speed to wrap the corner and finish? Check (4.60 40-yard dash). Along with this 34-inch arms, Aruna has the testing numbers that teams covet at pass rusher.
However, his tape shows a very raw player who is still patching together how to use all of his gifts in unison to consistently rush the passer. While he isn't ready to help an NFL team right now, Aruna is an intriguing developmental pick on day three who could grow into a big-time player.
--Field Level Media
Career Defensive Stats