Meet The New Devils 2016 - DE Chidi Okonya

Get to know the newest Blue Devils as we go player-by-player in the recruiting class of 2016 with analysis, projections, videos, and more.

Recruiting Recap: The three star defensive end had been committed to Tennessee since May, but reopened his recruitment a week before immediately scheduling his visit with Coach Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils. He committed on that visit and then shut down any further contact with other schools including a late charge by Notre Dame and Stanford - both of whom asked for a final official visit.

Okonya turned down offers from Tennessee, Alabama, California, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, NC State, North Carolina, Oregon, Lenn State, Wisconsin and Stanford.

Projected Position: Defensive End 2016 Projection: Most likely Duke will need to find a rush end who can play as a true freshman. Such was the case in 2015. Okonya will be in the mix to be that player. He’ll need to add some size, and the ideal situation would be for him to redshirt, but with the Blue Devils struggling on the perimeter (and overall) when it came to getting into the backfield and applying pressure to the opponents, there’s a chance he could play this season. However, while the prospect possesses a number of natural tools, he’s almost assuredly better off redshirting this season. We would expect him to do just that.

Quotable: “I love the people I’m around at Duke, and I’m comfortable with the coaching staff, and I can make the most out of the opportunities Duke provides.”


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