Okafor likely to visit

2014 center Jahlil Okafor has Arizona in his final eight. Read on to find out where Arizona stands, if Okafor will visit, and more.

Chicago Whitney young center Jahlil Okafor has had a long summer. He spent most of it with Team USA and other parts of it with an injury. Now that he is fully healed, he is back to action with the Mac Irvin Fire.

"It has been really fun out here," Okafor said. "I have only played in two tournaments, so it's nice to be back with the team. It's always fun to go out and play."

Okafor cut his list of schools down to eight earlier in the spring. Arizona made the cut along with Duke, Ohio State, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State, Illinois, and Baylor. The center may not make any more cuts before making his decision.

"Nothing is really new with recruiting," he said. "I have my list of eight right now and that's really where I'm at with recruiting.

"I may or may not cut it down again. I might just make a decision from there."

The big man still has regular contact with Arizona. His lead recruiter, Assistant Coach Book Richardson, has formed a special bond with Okafor.

"I talk to Arizona a couple times a week when it is allowed," Okafor said. "I talk to Coach Book. We usually just have random conversations. Sometimes, it's about basketball, but mostly, he just calls to check in and see how I'm doing. He cares about me, so I call him my uncle."

The Wildcats are a team that may be in need of a big man for the 2014 season. The coaches understand that Okafor is the top center in the country and are treating him as such.

"They pretty much tell me that I'm a dominant force and that they would love to have me," he said. "They always tell me that they would love to have me. They have a lot of great things going on.

"The coaches always tell me that they are taking things to the next level and that they want me to be a part of the great things going on."

Okafor has played with some of the best prospects in the country and in a few different offensive systems. He knows that he can strive in any offense and has the trust in the coaches to help him succeed.

"I feel like I can fit into any system," Okafor said. "I talk to Coach Miller about it and he knows how to use me. I have a lot of trust in him, so whatever system he wants to run when I'm there is fine with me."

Okafor only has one visit planned to his eight schools. He will visit Baylor on August 31st and is also trying to take a trip to Tucson.

"My last visit down to Arizona was really fun," he said. "I plan to take another one soon. I don't have anything set up yet, but I'm trying to work it out.

"I've talked about taking it as an official with the coaches. It is likely that that's what is going to happen."


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