Eyabi Anoma

No. 10 DE Eyabi Anoma planning SEC, Pac-12 visits; Made Big Ten, ACC trips

Baltimore St. Frances defensive end Eyabi Anoma has one year of football experience, but oodles of offers. He spoke to Scout about where things stands.

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One of the most sought-after defensive ends in the East has a lot of visits on his mind, but he only made a few local ones.

Eyabi Anoma, who has one year of high school experience, is 6-foot-4 1/2, 230 pounds of twitched-up talent at Baltimore St. Frances, and the nation's top programs are pushing for him.

His extensive offer list includes AlabamaClemsonFloridaGeorgiaMarylandMichiganOhio StatePenn StateUCLAMississippiWisconsin and USC.

"I talk to almost every school that offered me," said Anoma, the No. 10 defensive end in the 2018 class. "I am inquisitive to all the schools that offered me. I want to see Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Wisconsin. I want to see a lot of schools.

"I go to school in Baltimore and I'm just trying to get away and see other places. I am not saying I don't want to go to Maryland. I'm just saying I want to see (places) and see my options."


Anoma is also planning a west coast trip, and his time for that and a visit to Alabama could come soon.

"I am going to go see Alabama's spring practice. I am trying to see UCLA's spring practice as well," Anoma said. "I've been to L.A. before, but I've never been to UCLA. USC offered me as well. I've been to the Staples Center."

Anoma made recent visits to Maryland and Pittsburgh, but he said he knows very little about other schools. His contact at UCLA is defensive line coach Angus McClure, and selling academics in a recruiting pitch is important.

"Academics are huge," he said. "I can't just imagine life without football. It's the biggest thing. I have to be realistic also in case something happens to my body. I need to have a backup plan. I can't just be living in a fantasy land."

Anoma made a pair of visits to Maryland in early February, and he knows staying home is a growing option for many area players.

"I like the program," he said. "I like how they are recruiting and trying to keep everyone home. I like coach (D.J.) Durkin. I like how he is a defensive coach, and they play good defense. They're talking about me playing outside linebacker and defensive end."

Pittsburgh stood out because of the atmosphere.

"I liked it at Pitt," Anoma said. "They were real cool. I like the facilities they share with the (NFL's Pittsburgh) Steelers. That is unique. I like the atmosphere. It's a hard-working city."

Meanwhile, as more schools push for Anoma to make a visit in the spring, he continues to hear similar things about why he is a priority to their class.

"They like my motor. They like how I play," he said. "They are impressed by how it was my first year and my production. I need to work on my technique a little bit more, but they said with it being my first year, how I played, the amount of plays I made, the league I played in, they like it all. I had four sacks against IMG."

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