Ebenezer Makinde: Speed And Athleticism

Paradise Valley HS CB Ebo Makinde (Phoenix, AZ) committed to Boise State back in May of 2008. Makinde wrapped up a HS career that saw him develop into a shutdown CB and now he's ready to bring his talent to The Blue. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his senior season and his future as a Bronco.

Paradise Valley HS CB Ebo Makinde (Phoenix, AZ) committed to Boise State back in May of 2008. "They (Boise State) were the first team to offer me," he said. "I have good relationships with the coaches and connected well on my visit," he added.

Makinde was recruited by Coach (Scott) Huff. "Coach Huff recruited me," he said. "He's cool and really laid back. He made me feel like a part of the BSU family and Bronco Nation."

The family atmosphere has been a recurring theme throughout the recruiting process for the 2009 commits. "Coach Pete really cares about his players," he said. "He made me feel like one of his own. He'll take care of you and look after you."

Makinde took his official visit to Boise State back in September. "I was there for the Bowling Green game," he said. The trip was a success. "It went well," he said. "I met a lot of players when I got there. Met the coaches and went to eat. I got to hang out with the players. Brandyn Thompson was my host," he added.

The Bronco defense was impressive during the 2008 season. "The defense was good," he said. "They had two really good corners. Both played very well. Watching the secondary made me really excited to want to play out there."

Ebo looks forward to playing alongside Kyle Wilson. "It'll be great," he said. "Hopefully, he'll show me some of the ropes and what it's like to play at a high level in college," Makinde added.

The standout CB from Arizona has already received a few in-home visits from the Bronco staff. "Coach Huff has visited and Coach Pete has visited once," he said. "Coach Wilcox was here yesterday." The coaches have been laying out the plans for Makinde's arrival in Boise. "It went well," he said. "He's (Wilcox) a real cool guy. We talked about the summer plans." Ebo hopes to arrive in Boise in June.

Paradise Valley HS had a successful 2008 season. "We went 9-3 and lost in the Quarterfinals," he said. "As a team, we did really well. Bonded as a team. I thought we played really well in the middle but had too many injuries at the end." Makinde finished the season with two INTs, fifteen solo tackles (twelve assisted), and nine pass breakups. "They stayed away from my side of the field," he said. "We also played a lot of running teams."

Makinde brings excellent speed and athleticism to the Bronco defense. "I ran a 4.52 electronic and a 4.4 hand time," he said. "I always play hard and do my job. Make plays," he added.

Ebo offered high praise for a future Bronco teammate. "Justin (Jungblut) is a great player," he said. "They had some All-Americans on their team. We thought Justin was their best lineman. I'm excited to play with him."

Makinde has a workout plan in place. "I've been lifting and running," he said. "I'll also run track. I get out of school a little early so I workout a good bit."

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Ebo Makinde.

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