2012 Profile: Centreville Star Ken Ekanem

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Prior to accepting the job as head football coach at Centreville High School (Clifton, VA) in March of 2010, Chris Haddock heard a “buzz” about Ken Ekanem . Ekanem, a junior now in his third year as a starter on the varsity level, has lived up to the billing.

“There was a buzz around town about him and what a good looking kid he is,” Haddock said. “He was the first player I met at Centreville. When you meet him and he shakes your hand, he looks you in the eye. I felt real good about him right away. I know we still have the rest of the season, but he has met our expectations. And he has two full years to get better.”

On and off the field, the standout junior has impressed his new coach.

“He certainly passes the look test,” Haddock said. “He is 6-3, 230 pounds. He runs well. He catches the ball. He is a multi-sport athlete with football and basketball. He has very strong grades. The greatest asset he has is that he is a high character kid. The kid follows instruction. He has tremendous work ethic. Of course he’s got stuff you can’t teach, but he works hard.”

Coach Haddock calls Ekanem an “all around solid football player.” On offense, the talented prospect lines up at tight end.

“He is a tight end in our Wing T, which showcases his ability to block, but we also have a couple of nice pass plays in for him because he does present mismatch problems,” Haddock said. Ekanem does have a 44-yard touchdown reception this season. “In years past he has been in a spread offense, but I think he is tailor-made for what we are doing.”

On defense, Ekanem lines up at defensive end. He began his high school career at linebacker, where in his first ever game on the varsity level he recorded one sack and returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.

“I think he is a natural defensive end,” Haddock said. “He can run, he’s strong and he has a nice feel for the passing game. He is a natural pass rusher.”

The question right now is which position the Wildcats star will play on Saturdays. He attended five college camps – Clemson, Penn State, Temple, Tennessee and Virginia Tech – this summer and lined up at defensive end at all but four schools (Temple