When Cupertino (Calif.) DeAnza athlete Emeka Ndoh takes his unofficial visit to Fresno State, it will actually be a homecoming for the Bay Area prospect.
Ndoh decided as a junior at Hanford High School to pick up the sport of football once again, one he had not played since his young Pop Warner days. It didn’t take long for college coaches to notice at the time.
For his senior year, Ndoh transferred to Reedley (Calif.) Immanuel High School, but his recruitment would fade. Ndoh was required to miss five games due to the transfer and was later deemed a non-qualifier.
“I was sitting at home, I wasn’t a qualifier, and DeAnza called me,” Ndoh said. “I would have played anywhere, except the Valley, I wanted to get away… It’s gone good. It has really taught me a lot. Growing up, if you talked to me two years ago and to me now, I’m a completely different person”
Now that Ndoh has had his junior college experience, a return back to the Central Valley ranks as one of his top interests. He currently holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Idaho and Kent State, and has interest from Fresno State, Arizona State, Arkansas State, Kansas, Kansas State and Toledo.
Ndoh said he received little interest from Fresno State’s previous coaches, except a late, potential walk-on offer last summer. He was told that there were no scholarships available, Ndoh told BarkBoard.com. He has quickly received contact from Fresno State’s new coaches and an official visit is set up for this weekend.
“Fresno State was the team I grew up watching,” Ndoh said. “But the reason I’m so interested in them is the new head coach and the culture he’s planning on bringing in.”
Ndoh projects as a hybrid outside linebacker and defensive end, whether he plays as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end. Fresno State is yet to hire a defensive coordinator and reveal the plans for the defensive scheme. Ndoh stands at 6-foot-1 and 256 pounds.
“What every school is talking to me about is a defensive end and outside linebacker hybrid position,” Ndoh said. “They don’t want me to drop into coverage too much because really pass rushing is my strength and that’s what I work on all the time. I feel I’m athletic enough to do it all.”
Ndoh graduates junior college in March, meaning he won’t sign this month, but could possibly join a school for spring practice if allowed. He has three years to play two. Ndoh plans to take visits in January and then make a final decision.
“What I’m really looking for, first of all, is they have to have a strong field in my major, which is psychology,” Ndoh explained. “Since I’m a junior college guy, I kind of need a little confirmation that, not that I’ll have a starting job right away, but be able to compete for a starting job or make an impact. Also, the school environment.”
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