Talented OL Has Duke In Top Five

Emeka Nwankwo (pronounced A-mecka Wank-wo) began his prep career at North Miami Beach High. For some strange reason, he couldnt seem to find the field. That's no longer the case.

"I played at NMB my freshman and sophomore years," Nwankwo said. "I was on varsity both years but for some reason, they didn't start me. That's one of the reasons why I left. I felt like I was better than some of the guys who were starting over me. Oh well, it worked out well."

It sure did. Nwankwo transferred to Chaminade prior to his junior season and it didn't take long before he became a household name. Thanks to an outstanding junior season, his name is now on the national recruiting map. "I was doing good at the beginning of the season playing tackle," he said. "I kept getting better as the season went along. Then I got switched to guard and that's when it really took off. I'm real good at blocking in space and getting downfield. We're coached well with stuff like that. It's why you see our running backs breaking so many long runs. I love playing guard and I can't wait till my senior season."

Nwankwo, whose family is from Nigeria although he was born in Boston and lived there until he was six, believes he's one of the best offensive linemen out there. "I can block any corner in open space," he said. "Just watch my tape. I feel like I'm the best blocker in the state of Florida in open space. Most offensive linemen who are 300 pounds really don't run well and block downfield. I'm 270 (6-foot-5) and I'm always downfield. I can block any corner or safety you want me to."

The talented lineman, who carries a 3.36 GPA, also plays basketball and throws the shot and discus. Those are just some more reasons why Nwankwo is among the best offensive linemen in the state of Florida.

Nwankwo, who plans to attend the Scout.com All-American Combine at FAU on May 13, will be a major recruit this year. He already has three written offers and he thinks a fourth one is right around the corner. "Duke, Ole Miss, and Florida have offered me so far," he said. "I think Auburn is close. They've been talking about it. My top five is Miami, Duke, Florida, Ole Miss, and Georgia. They're all equal right now."

The talented junior, who will be one of several Division 1 players at his school this year, was at UM's Junior Day event last Saturday. "It was real nice," he said. "It was me, (Ed) Ferguson, Akeem (Auguste), Kamar (Aiken), and Xav(ier) Stinson. We all liked it. I could see myself there. They have a real good program. The new coaching staff looks pretty good. I like Coach Cristobal a lot. We talk all the time. Miami's right up there."

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