Ekanem Ready for Notre Dame Visit

Centreville High (Clifton, Va.) defensive end Ken Ekanem is balancing rehab for his torn ACL with recruiting, and he is down to Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. After making his first visit last weekend, he is set to travel to Notre Dame this weekend, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it.

Centreville High (Clifton, Va.) defensive end Ken Ekanem was slated to visit Notre Dame in December, but a torn ACL in his final high school game and the subsequent surgery forced him to move it back to this weekend.

With a visit to Virginia Tech under his belt and a signing day decision on the horizon, Ekanem is down to the Hokies and Irish and looking for the last bits of information before Wednesday's 9 a.m. announcement.

"I want to talk to one of the professors (at Notre Dame) and get an understanding from them about the business program, and the academic aspect," he said. "That's what I want to major in."

On the field, which won't be until 2013 for Ekanem, he is curious to see how he would be used in Notre Dame' 3-4 defense.

"I prefer standing up more, so I like the 3-4.," the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Ekaneem said. "But I'm not looking at it as a determining factor. I want to see how they use their linebackers. I want to see it on game film and see what it looks like on the (grease) board."

Ekanem will also have a base to compare South Bend, Ind., with since he was in Blacksburg, Va., for his Virginia Tech visit last week, where he was hosted by Ronny Vandyke.

"I really enjoyed my trip there. I felt comfortable," he said. "I got a good feeling that they wanted me there. I felt really comfortable there, and I got a better understanding of how they use their defensive ends. I liked it."

Ekanem had a top four which included North Carolina and Pittsburgh, but dropped both schools because of the change in coaching staffs. And with his knee surgery keeping him from flying for a while because of the fear of blood-clotting, so he didn't add more schools.

"I just decided to narrow it down so I wouldn't have to squeeze visits in all over the place. UNC had coaching changes, Pitt had coaching changes. I was done to four and just narrowed it down to two."

Between official visits, school work and speaking with coaches, Ekanem crams in rehab.

"I'm doing better than average person would the doctors are saying" he said. "I'm healing up faster, and I'll be jogging around in a couple of weeks."

If things went really well, Ekanem could be on the field in the fall, but don't count on that happening.

"I could if I really wanted to, but I would rather be safe than sorry," he said. "I don't want to go through all this rehab again."

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