It will be Virginia Tech or Notre Dame for Centreville (Clifton, VA) defensive end Ken Ekanem , who plans to announce his college choice at 9:00 a.m. on February 1. The 6’3″, 245-pound senior was in Blacksburg last weekend for an official visit, and he’ll head to South Bend this weekend for a closer look at the Irish.
Future role on defense and chemistry with the team are two of the most important things Ekanem is looking to learn on these officials. How did Virginia Tech measure up?
“I had a lot of fun over the weekend,” Ekanem said. “I got to learn about the position I’d play there. I wanted to do more of a stand-up thing, so I asked them questions about the defensive end spot. They showed me game film of defensive ends in the 2-point stance. I asked if they drop defensive ends back and how often. They showed me the game against Virginia, where the defensive end is dropping back 10 yards. They answered all my uncertainties.”
He added: “I fit in with the players pretty well. (He was hosted by Ronny Vandyke) It was just as I expected. I also got to talk to a counselor who is one of the professors, and he was a cool dude. He helped give me a better understanding of Virginia Tech.”
Head coach Frank Beamer’s final message to the promising defensive end prospect was simple.
“He just kept trying to sell the idea of the family aspect of Virginia Tech. How it’s one big family,” Ekanem said.
The Notre Dame visit begins on Friday and lasts until Sunday. Asked what specific questions he has heading into the trip, Ekanem said: “I want to find out about early playing time and see if I fit in with the players.”
Ekanem, a two-time first-team all-metro selection by the Washington Post, has been one of the most productive defenders in the Commonwealth each of the past two seasons. He racked up 18 sacks in 2011, helping Centreville to the Group AAA Division 6 state championship game. He suffered a torn ACL in the title game, but is doing well on the road to recovery.
Announcing his college decision on Signing Day will certainly be a nice way to top off a stellar high school career.
“I’m pretty excited about the whole thing, just to get it over with,” said Ekanem, the no. 4 overall prospect in TSL’s 2012 Postseason Top 40. “I’m excited to make my decision in front of family and friends.”
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