Lineman planning official to Arizona

Lineman Ikenna Nwafor holds offers from numerous schools, but there are a few that he would like to take an official visit to, including Arizona.

At 6-foot-5 and 297 pounds with the ability to play on both sides of the ball, Ikenna Nwafor is being recruited heavily by a number of schools and is enjoying himself along the way.

"Recruiting is going pretty well for me right now," Nwafor said. "I'm enjoying it actually, it's been pretty fun. I'm up to 13 or 14 offers; my most recent offers are from Vanderbilt, Purdue, and Rice. I would say that Purdue, Rice, Arizona, and Missouri are recruiting me the hardest.

"At this point I don't have any favorites because I've only visited two schools. I visited SMU on campus and Rice at one of their satellite camps. So no favorites right now."

One school that is in good position with the Irving (Tex.) Cistercian Preparatory School lineman is Arizona, as the coaching staff has been recruiting him for a long time.

"Arizona is pretty high on my list because I like the coaching staff, they're nice guys," Nwafor said. "My recruiting coach is coach (Ryan) Walters and I've talked to coach (Mike) Stoops; they're both nice guys. They were also the first ones to offer me, so I appreciate their faith in me and my ability.

"Coach Walters and I have a good relationship. I first saw him when he came out to see one of our spring practices. He's a very nice guy; he's very passionate about the game and very excitable. We keep in contact on Facebook, email, and through calls."

Nwafor is an enticing prospect due to his ability to play both offense and defense, but his preference of position differs from what college coaches are telling him they'd like to see him play in college.

"I prefer defense, that's what I've always been playing and I'm comfortable with," Nwafor said. "I'm pretty aggressive player and I work hard. I may not make all of the big plays, but I work hard.

"After speaking with all of these coaches and hearing about the potential they see on the offensive side of the ball, I want to try it at the next level and see if I can get good at it. But I would like to start out on defense."

As the coaches recruiting him discuss his future, they have also attempted to get Nwafor to visit unofficially this summer. However, he admits that those visits may not take place, and that he'll wait to take his visits until after the summer.

"I don't have any visits planned right now," Nwafor said. "There are a few I'd like to take, but with my parents' work schedule, I don't think it will be possible during the summer. I'll probably just take officials. I'd like to take official visits to Arizona, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Rice."

One of the most important factors for Nwafor is academics, and he'll explore every aspect of what each school has to offer in the classroom before making a decision.

"I'd like to see the student's classes and what it's like to be a student," Nwafor said. "I'd like to talk to some athletes and see how their workload is and see how they are able to manage being an athlete.

"I'd like to interact with the coaching staffs and get to know them more personally. I'd also like to sit in on some classes and see what the professors are like."

Only after taking official visits and seeing which schools meet his needs the best will Nwafor be able to make a choice.

"My decision will have to come after the season because I have to take officials," Nwafor said. "Probably in November I'll make my decision. If I know where I'm going by November, that would be awesome."


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