Five Remain For 4-Star DE

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Centreville (Clifton, VA) senior defensive end Ken Ekanem revealed last Saturday the five schools still alive for his signature come February 1 (Signing Day). They are: North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. The 6’3″, 245-pound prospect will now take a little bit of a break on the recruiting front in order to focus on the rest of his senior season.

Centreville’s Wildcats are unbeaten through seven games, but a tough 3-game stretch remains to close out the regular season.

“I’m going to push [recruiting] back to the end of my season now,” Ekanem said. “I’m going to take five official visits after the season.”

Ekanem had hoped to visit Virginia Tech this fall for a game but wasn’t able to make it happen. He will now officially visit Blacksburg post season. As of yet, the 2010 Washington Post first-team all-metro selection has not scheduled any of the five officials.

Ekanem has long stated that he wanted to take officials to Notre Dame and Oregon, so it’s no surprise to see those two schools make the cut. He also had positive comments about Tech in a TSL interview in September, so it’s no surprise that the Hokies made the cut either.

“I’ve always liked Virginia Tech,” Ekanem said. “Coach Foster is a good defensive coordinator. He’s one of the best in the country. Coach Beamer is obviously a very good coach. Both signed new contracts that will last through the time I would be there. And I got a good vibe there. It’s a big family over there. The food is great (laughs). I know a lot of people there.”

Of Pitt and UNC, Ekanem said: “I have a good bond with [Tony Dews], who is an alumni of Centreville. He’s a cool guy to talk to, so there is a chemistry there. I like the campus and how it’s in the middle of a city. It looks like a good city to live in. The school has good academics. Pitt moving to the ACC definitely helped my decision to put them in. And I’d have the chance to play early.

“UNC, when I went down there, I felt really comfortable there. It was kind of shaky when Coach Butch Davis got fired. The coaches have stayed on me. They call all the time. It shows how much they want me. And I just felt comfortable on the campus.”

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