East Coast Running Back Interested in Auburn

A running back who will be a senior this fall discusses his interest in Auburn and other colleges.

Newark, Del.--Last year, Auburn signed a player from the state of Maryland. Could one from neighboring Delaware be next?

Running back Ed Imeokparia, a 5-11, 200-pounder from Newark High School, was just a couple of hours away on a trip to visit family so he decided to drive down to check out the Auburn campus.

"Well , originally I flew out to go see family in Birmingham, but I had an invitation to go to the camp for quite sometime so I thought it wouldn't be bad to stop out there," he says. "It's one of my favorite schools anyway."

The top rated running back in the state of Delaware says the Auburn program is one of the best in the SEC and that's why he chose to camp at Auburn. "I'm real high on the SEC schools and Auburn is right on top of the SEC. I wouldn't mind going to Auburn after my high school days."

Imeokparia says he enjoyed the Auburn camp and was very pleased with his efforts. "I had a real fun time at the camp. I got to go up against some of the guys in the South and showing that we had some players from up North, too."

The Auburn coaches appear to have enjoyed having him on campus as well. "Coach (James) Willis and Coach (Greg) Knox were real high on me out there at the camp. They liked how I did in all phases of the camp. They just wanted to get me out there to see me in person to further evaluate me because last year I had a ankle injury which limited my action and I was never able play at 100 percent last season."

Imeokparia met several of the Auburn players at the camp, but says meeting Auburn's All-SEC tailback is what stood out the most. "I got to meet Kenny Irons. He was a real cool guy. He just talked about how everything goes down there and talked about how Coach (Eddie) Gran, the running back coach, was a good guy. Kenny is someone I would hang out with."

The Delaware prospect, who also plays free safety, prefers playing running back, but says he's open to play any position in college. "I'm being recruited as a running back at Auburn, but other schools are recruiting me as an athlete. I prefer running back, but I wouldn't mind making a change."

Imeokparia has also camped at Georgia and Michigan State, but lists Virginia Tech, Georgia, Florida State, Penn State and Auburn as his favorites. Here's what he likes about each: Virginia Tech: "I just like it when they play their night games and that's the only game on TV. And, I've been watching them since the Vick days. I just like the tradition that they have there."

Georgia: "Georgia's another big SEC school like Auburn. I got to go down and see it in person. I like what I saw."

Florida State: "I've always liked FSU. I like Florida schools, but FSU is my favorite."

Penn State: "Penn State is the number one school in my region and if I was to stay close to home I'd definitely give Penn State a look."

Auburn: "I like their running game. A couple of years back, Cadillac and Ronnie Brown, they sent two running backs to the league. I just like the tradition. They like to run the ball a lot and they win games."

Imeokparia has several offers, but says the college coaches want to see how he performs on the field. "I have a bunch of schools telling me they have offers on the table. After my first game I think everything will become official. But it's upon further evaluation. Like, I have situations where, my first game will determine how many offers I end up with."

Imeokparia, who says he will most likely announce his decision after the season, is not limited to his region. "If I choose a college outside my region it would definitely be down in the South."

When asked if he would be back in Auburn this fall for a game, Imeokparia replied, "Oh, yes, one of my officials will be to Auburn."


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