Chima Okoli has two favorite schools right now and could have a decision soon. One of the fastest rising prospects in recent months, the 6-5, 270-pound Salem (Virginia Beach, VA) standout made what could be his final official visit this past weekend – and it was to one of his two favorites.
Okoli discussed his official visit to Penn State this past weekend.
“It was an honor to meet Joe Paterno,” said the three-star prospect. “It’s a feat in itself for him to be able to coach that long. I talked to Coach Johnson, father of [Kansas City running back] Larry Johnson. He’s the defensive line coach and we watched film on [current Kansas City Chiefs defensive end] Tamba Hali. I met with some academic advisors. Overall, it was a good trip.”
Asked how he got along with the players from Penn State, Okoli answered, “I clicked with the players right off the bat. My host was Terrell Golden, who played at Lake Taylor in Norfolk. He said ‘man, you’re going to love it here,’ which was awesome for a guy from my area to say.”
One of the questions Okoli had about Penn State was just how long Joe Paterno would coach. Did he get an acceptable answer?
“He said he would be there at least two more years, maybe more depending on how he feels,” Okoli said. “I guess that’s the best I could hope for. I can’t blame him.
“It’s not that big of a deal for me. My main concern was stability. Coach Paterno agreed with me. I do think he would be replaced internally, so it’s not that big of a deal.”
As of right now, Okoli says “Basically, it is between Tech and Penn State. It’s pretty deadlocked between Tech and Penn State. I’m going to sit down and talk to my parents and coach [today].”
Okoli listed a few positives about each of his two favorites.
“For Virginia Tech, I have plenty of guys who are family members of mine,” Okoli said. “Virginia Tech’s football program equals success.
“I like the simpleness of Penn State. The program just wins and they know how to win without making it extravagant.”
Okoli may make a visit to Clemson this coming weekend, though that is definitely in question right now. He says the process “is wearing on me” and could have a decision soon. Okoli is not sure if he will have a press conference.”