Okafor visiting Arizona this weekend

Jahlil Okafor is one of the best players in his class and will be visiting Arizona this weekend. Read on to see what his other plans are, what he thinks of Arizona, and more.

Judging by the quality of schools that are already recruiting him, it's clear that Jahlil Okafor is regarded as one of the top overall prospects in the class of 2014.

"I have offers from Arizona, UConn, Georgetown, Illinois, DePaul, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Michigan State," Okafor said. "I worked out for North Carolina earlier this week. My high school, Whitney Young, has had open gym and Arizona, Michigan State, DePaul, Illinois, Purdue and a bunch of other schools have been to our school to watch us play."

The 6-foot-8, 255-pound Chicago product's ranking reflects that too, as he's rated by Scout as the number one center and number two overall prospect in the class of 2014. This weekend, Okafor will take a weekend away from basketball and will take his first visit outside the state of Illinois when he travels down to Tucson to check out Arizona.

"I'll be at Arizona from Friday until Sunday," Okafor said. "I'm going to be looking at the atmosphere there. I want to see how the coaches treat the players and if the players are happy. I want to see the students around the school and how the campus looks. I'll also be there for the football game Saturday."

One of the most attractive qualities about UA for Okafor is its reputation as a school that gets players to the next level.

"The thing I like about Arizona is the history," Okafor said. "They have a lot of college athletes that make it to the pro level. They just had Derrick Williams go number two in the draft and that's a real eye opener to me."

Arizona head coach Sean Miller has made much contact with the Whitney Young High School sophomore and also hasn't been shy about his desire to get Okafor on board with the Wildcats.

"I have talked to coach Miller on the phone and he seemed like a cool guy," Okafor said. "He didn't beat around the bush, which I liked, and he pretty much told me he wanted me to play for his school. He told me how Derrick Williams was barely top 100 nationally ranked and how he ended up being the number two pick in the draft. He told me how he could improve me and how I could improve the program."

With Williams and coach Miller advancing to the Elite Eight this past season, Okafor had a chance to watch UA and observe how well he'd fit in the team's system.

"I watched Arizona during March Madness, that was the first time I ever watched them" Okafor said. "I think I would fit in perfectly just based on how they used Derrick Williams. He's my position, the power forward/center, and he obviously was able to score a lot and contribute to the offense. I think I would fit in perfectly."

UA won't be Okafor's only stop this fall, as he'll continue to go through the process with no intention of making a decision anytime soon.

"I'm supposed to go to Ohio State on October 2nd for one of their football games," Okafor said. "I don't have any favorites yet though, I'm going to take my time. I definitely want to decide sometime in my senior year or maybe at the end of my junior year."


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