Academics Key For Maryland ATH recently talked with 2010 prospect Ndubisi "Bisi" Ezekoye from Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, MD. The 5'11" 172 lb. athlete is all about the education a school provides not just the football.

Ndubisi Ezekoye is not your ordinary super athletic football player. Just talking for ten seconds with "Bisi" will leave you impressed. He is very focused on his future and how he will get there. It is all about the academics. Already holding an offer from the Air Force Academy, which in itself tells you about the level of football and academics college coaches feel he can achieve, "Bisi" is very excited about this offseason and making an impact on other coaches.

"I have been running track but I am also focused on performing well at combines and to try and impress coaches," said Ezekoye. "I am going to Nike at Virginia soon and I plan to visit Maryland, Stanford, Duke, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Pittsburgh, California, North Carolina and Notre Dame. I want to make sure I see as many places as possible with such an important decision coming soon."

Ezekoye says he has been hearing from many schools including Stanford, California, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Connecticut, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, Navy, Army and Wake Forest. He knows these school lists are long but made sure to tell me not to leave anyone out. He would also like to hear more from Notre Dame and Boston College.

Ezekoye transferred from Pittsburgh Central Catholic to Kennedy but still has a liking for his former home city school, Pitt. "They have a great student body and I just feel a great connection there." He also has had a chance to visit his new state school. "I was able to be around the Maryland coaching staff. They have great enthusiasm. I saw the way that Coach (Dave) Sollazzo interacts with his players. They love him and I want that type of relationship in college too."

Although he will play quarterback next year he realizes his position in college will change. I see myself as a wide receiver, running back or defensive back," said Ezekoye. "It doesn't matter to me I just want an opportunity."

With the list of schools he is interested in it is no surprise about the high regard he holds for his education. "Academics are number one for me not necessarily the best football team. I also want the coaching staff to be concerned with me as a person not just as a player. I will be studying economics and political science and I plan on going to law school as well."

Ezekoye has his strategy in place and with his maturity and conviction he is certain he will realize his goals. After just ten seconds with "Bisi" this writer agrees.

Ezekoye reports a 3.94 GPA and a 1710 on the SAT (560, 560 on math and critical reading).

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