Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech recently came through and offered Centreville (Clifton, VA) defensive end/tight end Ken Ekanem , who now boasts seven scholarship offers in total. Boston College, Duke, Maryland and Virginia had offered previously, and North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee are among the schools showing serious interest.
The 6-3, 230-pound junior has taken visits to Penn State, Virginia, and, most recently, Virginia Tech. He attended camp in Blacksburg but admits to being surprised by the offer, as Virginia Tech’s coaches had not been in contact over the course of last fall. A visit this past Saturday bolstered Tech’s standing.
“It was a great experience to be there, to learn more about the school, about the tutoring system and how they are always there to help,” Ekanem said. “It’s a big family there. The fans know all about the program. They know the coaches. That’s a good thing, and I’m considering Virginia Tech highly.
“[Coach Bud Foster] thinks I could be a dynamic defensive end. There are different packages, but he primarily wants me to play with my hand on the ground. He wants to let me loose to make plays, but he said I could also drop back in the flat in some packages.”
Primarily recruited as a defensive player, Ekanem was a major force for the Wildcats this past season. The Washington Post first-team all-metro selection racked up 75 tackles including 17 sacks and 10 tackles for loss for a 9-3 Centreville squad. He accumulated 18 quarterback pressures along the way as well.
Ekanem would like to play a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role on the college level. Virginia Tech is recruiting him primarily to play with a hand on the ground, while Virginia is one of the schools recruiting him primarily to play linebacker.
“I’d like to be free, to not have too many responsibilities so I can just go out and try to make plays,” Ekanem said.
Penn State and Virginia were included in Ekanem’s top five in our last update in December. The talented junior will be in Happy Valley for a junior day in March, but as of now Joe Paterno and company have yet to offer. Virginia continues to be high on Ekanem’s list as well.
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