The recruiting scene has suddenly exploded for Jason Ankrah, the 6-4 250-pound defensive end from Quince Orchard HS in Gaithersburg, MD.
“In the beginning, it caught me totally by surprise,” Ankrah admitted. “I never knew I’d get to this point. I just played football to play, so now I’m taking it step by step.”
While he may not have a household name just yet, many schools have offered him scholarships, (including Michigan), based on how he plays his game.
“I would say I’ve got a quick twitch off the ball and a quick reaction to the play,” Ankrah said explaining his game. “And when I read the play I watch the ball.”
With a Maize & Blue offer now on the table, Michigan has thrown itself into firm contention for Ankrah’s services, but it is safe to say that they have some catching up to do.
“I would say Virginia Tech, Maryland, WVU, and Nebraska are coming at me the hardest,” he reported. “I get mail from Michigan every once in a while but not as much because they recently offered me. They offered me probably a week or two ago. Coach Dews is my recruiting coach (for Michigan).”
“I’m still pretty wide open,” Ankrah continued. “Once I start visiting most schools that’s when I can start narrowing it down. I’m definitely going to visit (Michigan). I’m definitely using one of my officials on that school. Hopefully if my parents and I can schedule something I will make it up for an unofficial, but if we can’t, then official is my next resort.”
Why is he so sure he will drop in on the Wolverines?
“I mean, it’s Michigan,” he said adamantly. “I had a cousin that went through there and she liked it. The tradition is amazing. The way they play is amazing. The people around are real cool. It’s stuff I’m looking for. So far, so good from what I hear on Michigan. Football wise I’m looking for somewhere I can play in a position that I like to play. Overall though I’m looking for at the people that surround it, the education, great people wise, somewhere where I feel I haven’t left home.”
With his decision criteria already set, is it possible that he’ll make a decision sometime soon?
“I wanted to go to hopefully Virginia Tech and Tennessee this summer,” he said. “But otherwise than that just prepare for my upcoming season. I’d like to make a decision in between now and the end of my season.”