2016 recruit hopes to hear from ECU
Only having one season left of high school football, Ikenna Iloabachie, who plays on both sides of the ball as a free safety on defense and as a slot receiver or running back on the offensive side, is beginning to weigh his options. Iloabachie has yet to receive an official offer he is hopeful that his recruiting process will pick up and he will start to receive some offers by the end of the summer. So far the 5-foot-8, 177-pound 2016 athlete has been talking with East Carolina, Davidson, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, and South Alabama. “It’s pretty exciting to have people interested in you, and schools offering you scholarships that are potentially setting you up for your future,” Iloabachie said. “It’s a lot to watch college football on TV and you never think that it could be you playing there but as you get closer and closer you start realizing it’s possible.” Just yesterday Iloabachie spent the day at ECU’s prospect camp where rising junior and senior athletes came to showcase their talents. After a long day of workouts Iloabachie believes that the camp was able to showcase his talents in front of ECU’s coaches. “Going to the camps are a lot of fun, you always work on getting better and then you get the training from having the coaches right in front of you,” Iloabachie said. “It was great, they could see all of my strengths, see what kind of worker I am and they really learn a lot about you just at the camp.” Throughout the camp players are able to show the coaches what you can do on the field, it is also another opportunity for recruits to develop a relationship with the coaches. Wherever Iloabachie chooses to play football at the next level, he stressed that there has to be a good relationship between himself, his family and the coaching staff. The coach-to-player relationship will be a big factor for Iloabachie there is another factor that is just as important for him. Attending high school at Millbrook High in Raleigh, NC. Iloabachie would like to play somewhere close to home. “I think about that a lot, it’s a really big factor,” Iloabachie said. “I’d like for everyone that has supported me along the way to be able to come out and see me play and for me to be able to go back home and help out and be able to be around my friends and family.” Iloabachie’s speed and physicality gives him the ability to play on both sides of the ball, his strengths on the field reach beyond that. His presence on the field is another positive attribute that Iloabachie brings with him. Trying to be a role model for his teammates and others Iloabachie believes that his leadership could benefit any college football program. “I always give positive energy to my teammates, I always lead by example, giving the maximum effort into each play and each rep, and always being supportive in bringing my teammates up, and just helping out wherever is needed,” Iloabachie said. Even though he only has his offseason summer and senior year left of high school, the versatile athlete has plenty of time before having to make an official commitment, but he holds ECU at the top of his list for now. Iloabachie said that his interest in ECU is currently a really high nine on a ten point scale. The recruiting journey for Iloabachie still has a long way to go but with the work and passion he has continues to put into the game he believes that he can play at the next level. Still with a lot to prove, Iloabachie has not forgotten what this opportunity means for him and his family. “It means everything,” he said. “Ever since I was a little kid watching games on TV I wanted to be just like those guys, playing on Saturdays in front of the large crowds, having everyone cheering for you, being able to go to class and everyone wishing you good luck . Being able to play in front of your friends and family. It would just be an opportunity that would be amazing.”
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