Udofia hosts UA Coaches

When Mike Stoops took the head coaching job at Arizona the first thing he said he wanted to do was cultivate the home state for and get every great prospect to come to Arizona. He took a huge step in allowing that to happen by beating the in state rival ASU Sun Devils last Friday. But even before that he could have hung a ‘Mission Accomplished' sign over the state capital and he would have been justified.

Of the seven in state prospects to receive offers from the Arizona staff, four have already given their verbal commitments to attend Arizona. The state's top prospect, Scottsdale Chaparral's Ekom Udofia, watched the annual ‘Duel In The Desert' on Friday and he said that he came away impressed.

"The game was great," said Udofia. "Going in I thought they had a chance to win because they were better than their record indicated. They lost some good close games early and I knew they were better than their record. My dad and my brother thought they had a good chance to win also and they did."

Earlier today the Udofia household had two special guests show up at their door. Arizona head coach Mike Stoops and linebackers coach, and lead Phoenix recruiter, Tim Kish dropped in for an in home visit with Ekom and his family.

"It went pretty good," said Udofia. "We talked a lot about the game against ASU and hot the team really came together and everything for the win. We talked about the future of the program and how I fit in to their plans. They were here for an hour and a half."

In addition to talking to Ekom the Arizona coaches got a chance to talk to Ekom sister, who recently had an interview in Tucson to attend the University of Arizona Medical School.

"Yeah, they talked to my sister and asked her how her interview went and everything," he said. "She was down in Tucson last week for her interview with the Medical school. Right now she is working at ASU in their biology lab waiting to go to Medical School. She graduated from Stanford."

Coming from a family that is big on academics, Ekom said that he also talked to the coaches about Arizona's business school, which is the area of interest for Ekom.

"We talked a lot about the academics at U of A," he said. "The Business School and the Entrepreneurship program are very good down there."

Udofia's senior season was cut short after three players from an opposing team rolled up on his leg and broke it in multiple places. But there is good news regarding the injury for Udofia.

"The surgery went real well and I get my cast off this Wednesday," he said. "I am getting real anxious to get it off. After that I will be in a walking boot for about six weeks and then I can start rehabbing my leg. My doctor said that everything s going real well so far."

Udofia will host Stanford at his home on Wednesday and Oklahoma State on Thursday. Ekom stated that he has a final six of, in no particular order, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, USC and Miami.

When asked if how he likes Arizona in the big picture Udofia replied, "They (UA) have a legitimate shot."

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