Nwafor has a favorite

Ikenna Nwafor's on-again, off-again relationship with Stanford began nearly two years ago, in his sophomore year of high school. It was then that the 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman began receiving recruiting attention from Stanford.

"My first recruiting stuff with Stanford started sophomore year, that was back when Harbaugh was coach and I got a few letters," Ikenna Nwafor said. "Then it sort of died down, and it didn't begin again until the end of my junior football season. And then it kind of went down, so I decided to take the initiative and started sending them my stuff."

Nwafor's interest in Stanford was quickly reciprocated. The Cardinal coaches got in touch with the three star recruit and invited him to Palo Alto to camp.

"Eventually Coach Sanford got in touch with me and said that they were interested and that they would like me to come and fly out there, so I did," Nwafor said.

After watching him in action, Stanford decided to tender Nwafor an offer for the nose tackle position.

"It ended up in an offer, so I was happy," Nwafor said.

Nwafor, who also has a handful of offers to play offensive line, received his Cardinal offer directly from head coach David Shaw on Tuesday.

"It was Coach Shaw and I was excited," Nwafor said. "It was an offer I really wanted. I just couldn't believe it. I did the camp and thought I did pretty well. In the end he gave me an offer and a handshake and I was excited."

Although Nwafor claims 11 other offers, from Arizona, Boise State, Missouri, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Purdue, Kansas, SMU, and Rice, among others, he said that Stanford is his leader.

"Stanford's my No. 1," said Nwafor, who expressed a preference to play defensive tackle in college.

It might not be long before Stanford becomes more than just a favorite to Nwafor, either. He hopes to make a college decision sooner rather than later.

"I hope to do it pretty soon," Nwafor said. "I just need to speak with my college counselor and get the formalities situation. The application, getting my test scores in order."

Given his high interest in Stanford, it should come as no surprise that Nwafor enjoyed the time he and his father spent in Palo Alto earlier this week.

"I was there Monday and Tuesday," Nwafor said. "I liked it. The campus was huge, people were nice, they were good, smart people."

While participating in the camp on Monday, Nwafor spent some time refining his skills with defensive line coach Randy Hart, as well as defensive intern Chester McGlockton.

"Coach Hart is really enthusiastic, has a passion for the game," Nwafor said. "Both of them are very successful, they taught me a lot, a lot of moves that I can use when I go back during the season, so it was good."

The next day, Nwafor took in the Junior Day proceedings with his father.

"It was just more in-depth for the school, they showed us where everything was, then we got a little speech from Condoleeza Rice," Nwafor said.

Nwafor did fly home to Texas Tuesday afternoon without a copy of the Stanford application; however, he anticipates the Cardinal coaches will send one in the mail if he decides to commit.

Nwafor hopes to major in biology or chemistry and reports a 3.22 GPA and 1990 SAT score.

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