Tony Sanchez, head coach at Gorman, has called this years team one of the fastest he has ever had. Linebacker Ikem Okeke definitely fits that bill and was all over the field in the Gaels impressive win over a tough Anaheim (Calif.) Servite team last Friday.
"I felt I did pretty good but you can always play better," Okeke said following the game. "There were a couple of plays where I missed containment but all around, I was happy with my performance and especially happy with our team getting the big win.
"Tate (Martell) really stepped up for us at quarterback and our team is really strong at every position. I think we had more size last year but this year's team has more speed. We have some really good receivers, a loaded secondary, some nice depth on the line and a ton of depth all over our defense. I really think we can be better than last year's team so I'm excited to play it out."
Okeke looks about 6-0 and a well built 195 pounds. At a NIKE SPARQ Combine back in March, he clocked a 4.69-40, jumped 36" in the vertical with a 4.10 shuttle and that athleticism definitely translated to the football field. He was very active, shedding blockers, running down plays from behind and when he hits you, the play is over.
Right now, Okeke has more of a safety frame but has the mentality and toughness to stay at linebacker in college. A lot will depend on how much bigger he gets over the next two years but there's no question he's a next level prospect with a solid upside to him.
On the recruiting front, Okeke is hearing from a handful of schools but still waiting for his first scholarship offer.
"I've heard from Washington, Nebraska, Duke and Arizona State," Okeke said. "Washington has probably been the most aggressive and said they could offer after seeing my junior film. They want to see a couple of games first so that's a good thing.
"Right now it's pretty early for me and i'm open to everyone. I'm just focusing on my season right now and hopefully colleges like what they see at the end of the year."