Centreville (Clifton, VA) defensive end Ken Ekanem , recently named Virginia Preps AAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, is one of the top uncommitted high school seniors in the state of Virginia. Unless more schools jump into the picture in the coming weeks, the 6’3″, 245-pound prospect’s list has focused to three schools: Notre Dame, Oregon and Virginia Tech.
So far, Ekanem has scheduled official visits with Virginia Tech (weekend of Jan. 20) and Notre Dame (weekend of Jan. 27).
“Oregon is still in the mix. He hasn’t had as much contact with them as he has with Notre Dame and Virginia Tech,” said head coach Chris Haddock, who guided the Wildcats to a region championship and an appearance in the Division 6 state championship game. “I don’t think UNC is in the hunt anymore. I think he is still waiting to find out how good he feels as far as taking a visit out to Oregon. He had scheduled Notre Dame for the weekend after he got hurt, but they rescheduled thinking that wasn’t the best time for him.”
The timing of more official visits could impact when Ekanem makes his college decision. Nothing is definitive, but he may wait past Signing Day.
“I don’t know if it’ll be before, but maybe around or the week of [Signing Day],” Haddock said of Ekanem’s decision.
Ekanem suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in the Division 6 state championship against Oscar Smith. Coach Haddock provided the latest, health-wise, on the senior standout, who has maintained a positive attitude despite the injury and subsequent surgery.
“I think he’s right on or maybe a little ahead of schedule,” Haddock said. “He’s back in school. He’s on crutches of course, but he’s starting physical therapy. Our athletic trainers have been in contact with the doctor who did the surgery, and I know he was pleased with how the operation went.”
Haddock added: “[Ken] is a positive guy. He has got a good head on his shoulders. He grasps the whole thing. It’ll take some time, but a lot of it is in his hands, so he feels good about that. Rehab and how hard he works is up to him. He feels good about that. The schools that have been recruiting him are pretty positive. I think he understands he is probably going to red-shirt now wherever he goes. At least that’s the speculation I’ve given him. He’s okay with it. It...
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