Chima Okoli , a 6-5, 275-pound senior defensive line recruit out of Salem (Virginia Beach, VA), has set two official visits for the month of January. He has already made two official visits – to Marshall and Michigan State, respectively – and is looking forward to his next two trips.
“I’m going to Penn State [on the weekend of January 12th] and then I’m going down to Blacksburg [on the weekend of January 19th],” Okoli said.
“I don’t so much have favorites, but I am really excited about my visit to Penn State. And I haven’t been to Tech on an official visit. I went to Virginia Tech’s senior camp, but I haven’t been there for an official visit.”
Okoli commented on his most recent official visit, which was to Michigan State. The Spartans recently came into the recruiting picture when Mark Dantonio, who was recruiting Okoli while head coach at Cincinnati, became head coach.
“I really enjoyed my experience at Michigan State,” said Okoli, who says location will not be a factor in his decision. “Coach Dantonio is a really good guy. He is the quiet, controlled leader a team needs.”
Okoli plans to at least make the next two official visits before making a decision.
“I gave all the coaches my word that I would. I will make the rest of my visits barring some amazing circumstances,” Okoli said.
While Okoli lists no favorites, the main schools in contention include Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Maryland’s position could be on the decline, however.
“Maryland actually hasn’t given me an official offer and I would say that is hurting my interest towards them,” Okoli said. “I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted.”
Besides Maryland, Okoli has been offered by the rest of the schools in contention. Has Virginia Tech offered him as a grey-shirt?
“I don’t know if I’ll have to grey-shirt for sure, but I’ll know for sure after I make my visit there,” Okoli said.
Okoli only played a little over half of his junior season, but he came back strong in his senior season. He racked up over 60 tackles including 12 sacks en route to earning AP Group AAA second-team all-state and first-team all-Tidewater honors for his performance.
“I conditioned my body to go the extra mile,” said Okoli, who primarily played defensive end for head coach Robert Jackson. “I made sure the use of my hands was better than before. I studied...
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