New Jersey Athlete to Visit Bearcats

Even though most Cincinnati students have gone home after final exams, a few recruits will be coming to the Queen City to make their official visits. Bearcat Insider recently spoke to one such recruit on the eve of his Bearcat visit.

Most of the University of Cincinnati's student body will be headed home after taking their final exams this week, but Ed Imeokparia is coming to the Clifton campus in order to take his official visit with the Bearcats.

Imeokparia is from Newark, Delaware but has spent the last couple seasons at a boarding school, Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. The 6'/195 pound running back/cornerback said his best time in the forty yard dash is a blazing 4.32 seconds. He served as a captain on the 8-1 Buccaneer football squad this season. Blair Academy plays a lot of prep schools and small college junior varsity teams. Their lone loss came against the undefeated Hun School of Princeton.

When Bearcat Insider spoke with Ed on Thursday evening, he confirmed that he will be taking an official visit to Cincinnati this weekend. "I'll be there tomorrow." Ed took his first official visit last weekend to Michigan State. In addition to Cincinnati's offer, he said he had a number of others. "I have offers from Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Temple and a couple of other schools."

Ed has taken unofficial visits to Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina but hasn't decided who will get the remaining official visits. "It's undecided. I put them off until after the season so I'm trying to figure that out now."

The Bearcats are apparently giving Ed his pick of where he'd like to play. "They're recruiting me as an athlete. They're giving me a choice." Ed said he really didn't have a favorite side of the ball. He just wants to play where he can help the team and get some playing time.

When asked what he liked about the Bearcat program, he replied, "It's a good program on the rise, and they have great coaches. They seemed like a tough group." Since many of Ed's games were played on Saturdays, he didn't see the Bearcats as often as he could have. "I've seen them play a couple of times. I saw some of the West Virginia game, and they did pretty good. They had a 9-3 record and a pretty good season overall."

Even though Ed is at a boarding school, he said he is in his fourth year of high school.

Since Ed will be flying to Cincinnati from Blair Academy and his parents are in Delaware, Ed thinks the plan is for them to meet on Cincinnati's campus. Ed will be in town from Friday until Sunday.

Bearcat Insider will continue to follow this recruiting story.

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