DE Chidi Okonya Profile
For the third consecutive year Clemson had a player selected in the
first round of the NFL Draft. This time, rather than seeing a wide
receiver head to the NFL as a first-rounder, Clemson watched as Vic
Beasley was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Falcons.
A few days later fellow defensive ends Corey Crawford and Tavaris
Barnes signed by the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints,
respectively, as free agents.
Looking to carry on the tradition of strong defensive end play will be
Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, among others, in 2015.
In the meantime, another defensive end - in the high school ranks - is
set to make a decision that will impact the Tigers. 2016 4-star DE
Chidi Okonya (Riverdale, GA) from Riverdale High announced his
intentions Monday night on Twitter.
The post read, "Spring Game May 15th!!! Decision time after the game!"
Okonya went on to name his five finalists as Clemson, Duke, Ole Miss,
Stanford and Tennessee.
Okonya spoke with CUTigers this week to give a full update on what is
to come next week.
"I'm making the decision possibly around 7pm at Riverdale Park, and if
the media is there I will answer questions." Okonya continued saying,
"Around that time or whenever the game is over."
Okonya has an impressive list of offers to add to his final five,
including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame,
Oregon, Penn State, Wisconsin and others. He went on to detail just
what has separated his top five from such an impressive list of offers.
"I love the after-college opportunities that could be available at
Duke and their prestige for it. Ole Miss has deep tradition in
football and is graduating players, as well as giving them a great
opportunity to play NFL ball. Clemson is another school with heavy
tradition, and I like the way Coach Dabo Swinney coaches with an
up-tempo vibe. Tennessee offers many intangibles, has a lot to offer
through the business field and develops players. Stanford is a
globally ranked institution with many doors to various opportunities,
and their program has been a winning one through the times."
The junior 4-star defensive end is listed at 6-foot-6, 211 pounds.
Okonya is rated as the No. 4 defensive end coming out of Georgia in
the 2016 class.
4-Star DE ready to announce
CUTigers.com Top Stories
MONDAY WEST ZONE INTERVIEWSWatch Deshaun Watson, Wayne Gallman and Tony Elliott discuss the upcoming showdown with Florida State!
TIGERS REMAIN #3 IN BOTH POLLSWith Ohio State losing and Michigan jumping to #2, idle Clemson sits at #3 in both of Sunday's polls.
CUTigers.comYesterday at 10:59 AM
GRADES AND ANALYSIS: NC State#3 Clemson committed 4 turnovers, including 3 in the red zone and a pick-six, in its 24-17 overtime win over NC State in Death Valley.
CUTigers.comThursday at 2:52 PM
Clemson Basketball Media DayWatch Head Coach Brad Brownell and his assistant coaches discuss the upcoming basketball season at Clemson Media Day!
CUTigers.comThursday at 1:30 PM