Offers Mount For Centreville’s Ekanem

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With 15 major FBS offers in the fold, 6-3, 230-pound defensive end/linebacker Ken Ekanem has become one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state of Virginia’s 2012 class. Florida and Tennessee coaches have expressed heavy interest and could be on the verge of offering, but for now the Centreville (Clifton, VA) star is content with offers from Boston College, Central Florida, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Ekanem maintains that he wants to take all five official visits before committing. It appears that two of those trips are set.

“I want to see Oregon and Notre Dame,” Ekanem said. “I’m going to take official visits to Oregon and Notre Dame.”

Obviously, Notre Dame and Oregon have caught Ekanem’s attention. Several other schools have as well, though there are no set finalists at this time.

“Virginia Tech is one of the top schools on my list,” Ekanem said. “There is also Oregon, Notre Dame, Virginia, Pitt…this is not a final list, but schools I like at the moment.”

Tech made a big impression when Ekanem attended a junior day in February.

“I have a good sense of what Virginia Tech is about,” said Ekanem, who has visited Blacksburg four times.

“It’s like family down there. It’s close to home, and it would be cool to play for my own state. I like the coaches, all the players and what they did last year. I like them.”

UVa was on the outside looking in before the standout junior’s recent conversation with primary recruiter Anthony Poindexter. Ekanem has visited Charlottesville before and may now return for UVa’s Elite Junior Day on June 5, though he hasn’t finalized his plans.

“I like ’em,” Ekanem said of Virginia. “I talked to Coach Poindexter for a while. I have a good sense of them now. I like them more now. I wasn’t as interested, but now I am more.”

Coach Poindexter “was just saying how they really care about their players,” Ekanem said. “I can tell they have good coaches. The recruiting class they pulled in last year, that reflects on the coaching staff. The coaches are the reason why those high profile players are going to UVa.”

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