Orjioke ‘excited' for ASU visit

Kenny Orjioke could never imagine what was going to transpire when he moved from Southern California to Marietta, GA last summer. He was ruled by the local school district to be a senior rather than a junior which naturally put his recruiting on the fast track. ASU has been one of several schools recruiting him and the Lassiter High School athlete has been intrigued by the Sun Devils' efforts.

"I wanted to go earlier in the year to visit Arizona State," said the 6-foot-4, 228 pound Kenny Orjioke, "but I wasn't able to because I didn't get my SAT score back yet. I'm real excited to visit them. I know a lot of people from back home that go to the school there. The campus is beautiful, they have gorgeous weather and they have a good team."

When the Sun Devil staff became aware of the exploits of this California transplant, they asked to view his game film and once defensive coordinator Craig Bray watched that footage the recruiting of the Lassiter standout kicked into high gear.

Orjioke has offers from Cal, Duke, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon State, Purdue and San Diego State. He indicated that while ASU and some other programs are recruiting him as a linebacker, he is also being pursued as a safety, defensive end and a wide receiver. On defense, Orjioke reported stats of four interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 41 tackles for the 6-1 Trojans.

While he has no preference as to what role he will play in college, Orjioke indicated that the position that the Sun Devils are recruiting him at suits him just fine.

"I watched them (ASU) play whenever they are on ESPN," Orjioke stated. "Their linebackers are definitely some of the top linebackers in the country. They fly around and hit hard. They have good size and they all play hard for each other. They have a good football program there.

"Coach Bray said that he likes my speed, the way I play the game, having a good hands and my ability to read plays."

Playing both ways obviously allows Orjioke to be a well-rounded player and as it is he doesn't mind pulling double duty every Friday.

"Our coaches are always big on working hard to get what you want and be where you want to be," Orjioke remarked. "We do extra conditioning after practice so we are never tired during games."

Back in California, Orjioke prepped at Junipero Serra in San Juan Capistrano. He was a teammate of Jonavaughn Williams, a WR that ASU has been recruiting, and there is a good chance that these two will ultimately be a package deal. Oregon State and San Diego State have also offered both prospects.

"We'd like to go to the same school and we have three schools that have both offered us," Orjioke commented. "So we have an opportunity to play together after we played at J-Serra and that would be cool. If we both like different colleges the most then we won't be going to the same one. We have to make that decision individually that we are going to the best program that works for each of us."

The only other official visit Orjioke has scheduled thus far is to San Diego State on December 10th and this California transplant said that he is impartial to playing college football on the East or West coast, and that his timetable for a decision is wide open.

"At one time I was set on which my top schools were," Orjioke recalled, "but things always change. I'm going to weigh all my options at the end of the season and see what the best place is for me. I'll probably take one more visit after Arizona State before I make my commitment. But if I see a school that I absolutely fall in love with, I will commit there. I think I'm going to try and commit to a school in December because I don't want to wait too long.

"I knew that Arizona State is one of my top schools so I wanted to make sure that I visit there before I make my decision. I'm going to wait and see how everything goes before I decide which other schools I'm going to visit. I do know a lot of people that go there, so if I decided to play there it's not like I wouldn't know anybody. Plus, I have an aunt and uncle that live 20 minutes from there."

Orjioke cited academics, college environment, chance at playing early and strong relationship with coaches and players as some of the main factors that will guide his college pledge.


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