Three-star defensive lineman recruit Chima Okoli , one of the fastest rising prospects over the past few months, made an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend. Tech is one of three current finalists for the 6-5, 270-pound Salem High School (Virginia Beach, VA) standout, who enjoyed his time in Blacksburg.
In fact, asked if the official visit met his expectations, Okoli answered, “I would say it did meet my expectations. Actually, it went over my expectations. It was a real good visit. I was impressed with the family environment and the country out there.”
Okoli was hosted by freshman cornerback Kam Chancellor as well as walk-on freshman wide receiver Prince Parker, both of whom are out of Maury High School in Norfolk (VA).
“Prince Parker is my cousin. My brother goes to Virginia Tech, too,” Okoli said. “It was cool to have family and friends all in one place. We all hung out throughout the weekend. We went to a party at Sam Wheeler’s place, which was cool because all the players were there.”
One of Okoli’s questions heading into the visit was which position he was being recruited to play. Primarily a defensive end his senior year, the first-team all-Tidewater performer wants a chance to play defensive end on the next level. He originally thought that Virginia Tech was recruiting him only as a defensive tackle.
“Coach Wiles told me I would have a shot at defensive end. That’s all I want,” Okoli said.
The official visit to Virginia Tech was Okoli’s third official visit overall, as he has also been to Marshall and Michigan State, respectively. He has at least one official visit remaining.
“I’m going to visit Penn State next weekend,” Okoli said. “I may visit Clemson on February 2nd, but I’m not sure that will happen.”
Although Okoli did not rule out Michigan State, Penn State and Virginia Tech appear to be the primary contenders.
“It is tied between Tech and Penn State depending on next weekend,” Okoli said.
“Next weekend will be the deciding factor, but I did have a really good visit to Virginia Tech.”
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