Top 1A Programs Pursuing Ankrah

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Jason Ankrah , a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end out of Quince Orchard High School (Gaithersburg, MD), is a highly recruited senior prospect. He is rated a 4-star prospect by and boasts double-digit scholarship offers, but for now he is primarily focused on four schools in particular.

“I have some schools I’m mainly looking at, like Penn State. I have them high. Michigan is also there. So are Clemson and Virginia Tech,” Ankrah said.

“These are the main ones I’m looking at.”

Ankrah will make his first official visit this coming weekend, when he heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yesterday, he returned from an unofficial weekend visit to Penn State. He enjoyed the experience, which included witnessing Penn State’s big victory over Illinois, quite a bit.

“It was awesome,” Ankrah said. “That atmosphere is something ridiculous. Playing in front of that is something I’ve always wanted to do. I probably say that because I haven’t really seen anywhere else, but for now Penn State is up there for me.”

Ankrah has tentative plans to make his official visit to Penn State on the weekend the Nittany Lions host Michigan. He also plans to make an official visit to Blacksburg at some point and presumably will visit Clemson as well. He is interested in Virginia Tech for several reasons.

“I like the way they play defense,” Ankrah said. “They come out crazy, too. The come out to “Enter Sandman” like we do here. I like that tradition. I’m going to take an official there, but I can’t remember when it will be.”

Quince Orchard’s captain, Ankrah has helped his team to a 4-0 start to the 2008 season. Ranked number one in the Washington Post Top 20, the team still has room to improve according to its captain.

“Our team is doing well,” said Ankrah, who plays defensive end in Quince Orchard’s 4-3 defense. “Every week we are getting better, which is a good sign. We started off slow. We came out looking like a totally different team, but we are doing better.”

Focused on recruiting as well as his team’s season, Ankrah has taken the recruiting process in stride.

“When it first hit me, I was just wowed,” Ankrah said of being a Division 1A recruit. “Now, I’m just taking it day by day. It is kind of tough to deal with,