4-Star Ekanem Narrows Field To Nine

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Centreville (Clifton, VA) defensive end/linebacker Ken Ekanem had double-digit offers to consider before this past weekend, when he revealed via Facebook that he had cut his list of options to nine. TechSideline.com caught up with the 6’3″, 245-pound rising senior, who answers what he liked about each of the nine finalists.

Boston College – “They were the first school to offer me. I have ties with the coaching staff because I’ve gotten to know them a lot. They offered me when I was a sophomore, so I’ve talked to them a lot since then,” Ekanem said.

Michigan State – “It’s well coached, good academically-wise and football-wise.”

North Carolina – “I like Butch Davis, but with him leaving it made them go down lower. But they always produce talent, especially with the D-line. They had two or three get drafted last year, and two this year are potential first rounders. That means something to me.”

N.C. State – “They are my latest offer so I don’t know too much, but I really like [Defensive Line] Coach [Keith] Willis.”

Notre Dame – “It’s a historical school that has a really good defensive class. There is one spot open for me. They run a 3-4. I’d fit pretty good.”

Oregon – “Another 3-4 team. Coach Chip Kelly is a player’s coach. It’s a well-coached team.”

Pittsburgh – “I’d have the opportunity to play early. They run the 3-4. They could utilize me a lot.”

UVa – “I like their coaching staff. I know with their recruiting classes this year and last year they are getting a lot of talent. I know they’ll be good in like two years.”

Virginia Tech – “I like the whole concept of family up there. I like Coach [Bud] Foster a lot. And it’s in Virginia.”

Ekanem plans on taking all five allotted official visits before making his verbal commitment. The next step in his recruitment is to narrow the field to the five he wants to officially visit. Notre Dame and Oregon are certainties for officials, which leaves three spots left.

“Halfway through the season, I’m going to narrow it down to five and take my five official