'Dogs Land Inland Empire Standout

Etiwanda (Calif.) defensive end Ibe Nduka is an All-Baseline League selection and was the league's defensive MVP after recording a league-leading 12.5 sacks. On Monday night, the Inland Empire standout verbally committed to the Fresno State. With a new defensive coordinator and possible new scheme on the horizon, Nduka says he will play a new position as a Bulldog...

Ibe Nduka (6-0, 215) was the lone all-CIF selection for the Etiwanda Eagles. He was a terror off the edge recording 102 tackles (9.3 tackles per game), 12.5 sacks (1.1 per game), and three fumble recoveries in leading the Eagles into the Central Division playoffs. He led the Baseline League in sacks, and he was named Baseline League Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.

He says Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, San Diego State, and Fresno State were the main schools recruiting him with the Bulldogs coming on strong in the end. He took an official visit to San Diego State last weekend, and he will trip to Fresno this weekend.

"They called my coach and we're telling me that they wanted to meet me," Nduka said of the FS coaches. "This was like about a couple weeks ago. They started getting serious and came on the home visit."

It was on that home visit when Nduka decided he wanted to be a Bulldog.

"I made it yesterday (Monday) at night," he said of verbally committing to Fresno State. "[Fresno State coaches] came to my house on a home visit. I really didn't like how San Diego State was [on my official visit], so I decided on Fresno State."

Nduka says San Diego State did not offer him on his official visit because of a question on a core class. "They said they would offer me, but they didn't know [I'm in the process] of fixing it. I'm taking six classes."

Nonetheless, he feels more comfortable with being a Bulldog.

"I liked how the [Fresno State] coaches treated me, compared to how San Diego did," Nduka added. "San Diego wasn't warming, Fresno was."

Despite being an undersized defensive end, he is being recruited to play outside linebacker at Fresno State.

"SAM [backer]," Nduka said of what position he will play as a Bulldog. "And on third down [I'll be] like a rushing d-end."

"It's going to a little bit different [from playing defensive end], basically, we're going to be blitzing, the other thing I'm going to have to do is cover that is going to be the biggest difference. Right now, I am training with one of my coaches [on my coverage]. By [summer], I should be okay. Then when I go through camp, I should be better."

Nduka's knowledge of Fresno State is what he has seen on TV. "I watched some of their games," he said. "Wisconsin, I watched that one that was about it."

He joins Travis Brown, Pat Su'a, and Daniel Salinas – who already enrolled – as linebacker recruits that have verbally committed to Fresno State in the 2009 class. Now, Nduka can focus on the remainder of his senior year of high school before reporting during the summer.

"It's a relief, I don't have anything to do," Nduka said of ending his recruitment. "I just have to worry about my grades; that's all."

He reports a 2.2 GPA and 820 SAT score.


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