Olenga Names ECU Leader

2015 Renaissance Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.) defensive end Emmanuel Olenga has ECU as his current No. 1 school despite having an SEC offer. Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about the Pirates.

Signing Day 2015 is fast approaching and ECU could add new names to its 2015 class in the coming weeks. Renaissance Olympic defensive end Emmanuel Olenga could be a prospect to look out for as things begin to wrap up with February approaching.

Olenga has nine offers to his name and is seeing a flux of in-state schools pay more attention to him after an impressive junior season. His most notable offer is from Tennessee – the Vols have hosted Olenga for multiple visits, a junior day and a camp.

Even though he is receiving so much interest from an SEC school Olenga named a leader for his recruitment from a different conference.

“ECU is my number one school right now,” said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Olenga. “The coaches are so honest and real at ECU. I like the schools and how they help athletes excel in academics. (Recruiting coordinator) Donnie Kirkpatrick gave me my offer and he tells me how it is. I like how ECU is on the rise.”

Other in-state schools N.C. State and Duke have turned up the heat on Olenga’s recruitment and could be close to offering. He mentioned if they do, those schools would round out his top three.

One of the reasons Olenga was under the radar a bit to in-state schools early in his recruitment was his academics. Now as a senior he has stepped it up and passed his ACT with flying colors, as a result the interest from schools is flooding in. Missouri and UNC Chapel Hill are examples of recent schools to reach out to Olenga.

With the season in full swing Olenga had trouble taking a lot of visits this fall.

“This year the only visit I took was to Tennessee,” said Olenga. “I started to make my schedule for the next couple of weeks and will be taking an unofficial visit to ECU for its game against Tulane (Nov. 22). I will also take my official visit there sometime after.”

Olenga has been a monster on the defensive line as a senior and helped his team make the playoffs. Unfortunately Olmypic matched up with the No.1 seed Charlotte Independence and lost in the first round Friday night 35-0.

With his last game of high school football behind him Olenga knows what he is good at and what he needs to work on in order to excel a the next level.

“I’m good at getting off of the line quick,” said Olenga. “My strength helps me out, but I can play too high sometimes. I need to work on lowering my pad level and I realize I’ll have to add more speed to compete at the next level.”

In order to incorporate more speed into his game this offseason Olenga will be running track throughout the winter and spring. In regards to when he will commit to a school, he said that decision would come at the end of December.


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