Okoro's Hard Work Paying off in Offers

Kenny Okoro, from Dudley High, has attended many camps over the summer and came away with a few scholarship offers for his efforts. Kenny talks about the schools that are taking a serious look at him as well as what he's looking for in a school.

Kenny Okoro, from Dudley High, has attended many camps over the summer and came away with a few scholarship offers for his efforts. Kenny talks about the schools that are taking a serious look at him as well as what he's looking for in a school.

Among the camps Kenny attended this summer, the list includes North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Georgia Tech. Of those, the Wake visit was the only one that could really be considered as including an unofficial visit and not just participating in the camp activities. "I liked it," said Okoro about the Wake visit. "I went there before for an AAU tournament for basketball." Kenny is the point guard for his basketball team, but easily favors football as a sport.

The schools recruiting Kenny right now include Wake Forest, North Carolina, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, East Carolina, Harvard, Duke and Wofford. Of those schools he has garnered three offers. Those come from Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Marshall.

As for the position Kenny's being recruited for, you may get a different answer depending on which school you're talking about. GT and Wake like him as a corner. ECU and Marshall see him as a wide receiver.

Kenny hasn't narrowed his favorites list at this time but does have a good idea on what he'd like to do as a profession long term.

"Really I'm just trying to find a school that will go well with my major and my profession down in the future," said Okoro. As for his major, he wants to focus on being in "Physical Therapy – I plan on going into the medical field," said Okoro.

A decision for Kenny on his choice of schools could come before the season or during. He doesn't really have a set time frame.

"I'm not really trying to lean toward anyone right now and make a decision," said Okoro. He just wants to come to a decision by talking it out with his family when the time seems right.

What qualities is Kenny looking for in a school that will factor into his decision?

"Graduation rate, class size, and how can I succeed in the class and on the field," said Okoro. "I don't want to be too tied down with school and then not play football as well. I don't want to be stressed out about that either. It might be a decision where I might feel homesick sometimes, so I don't know."

With the mention of homesickness, Kenny talks more about how distance from home could be a factor.

"Right now I'm saying no but I have a couple of family members - they've been to college… they've told me they got homesick," said Okoro. Kenny thinks it's something he could cope with but that, "I don't know right now," said Okoro. Wake, UNC and Duke are the schools recruiting him that are closest to his home according to Kenny.

On his visit to Georgia Tech earlier this summer for the individual camp, Kenny didn't really get to make an unofficial visit out of the trip but saw enough to make an impression.

"I really was impressed by the football facilities," said Okoro. "I wasn't able to tour the campus...we were able to drive through and it was a big campus. I really was excited about the campus and everything."

Kenny is being recruited by Yellow Jacket Tight End Coach Jeep Hunter.

"He's a Carolina native and my coach...evidently he's good friends with him," said Okoro. "After I was able to go to the camp, I sat down with him and got to know him a little better and got to see where he was coming from."

The attention Kenny receives from being a division-one prospect hasn't been bothersome for him at all.

"Actually, it's really a blessing from God," said Okoro. Along the way he says the advice he receives from those closest to him is that, "if I work hard, things will come my way."


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