Player Spotlight: Eric Amoako
"The trip to Kansas State went really well," said Eric Amoako. "Coach Joe Gordon extended the offer to Stephen and myself. We've known Joe since PeeWee football. If we end up going there, it will be nice knowing someone is there we have a good relationship with.
"Coach Snyder's a great coach. He came back and is turning the program back around. We'll be at Oklahoma State this weekend. They said their 90-percent sure they'll offer us. Then we plan on taking trips to Pitt and Purdue."
Amoako, 5-11, 190, played free safety as a junior making 55 tackles, four interceptions, and recovered five fumbles, one he returned for a 61-yard touchdown. He has five offers, the same as his brother, from Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Minnesota, and North Texas.
"In my junior season I came out hot," said Eric, "but kind of dipped a little. I made some big plays and showed flashes of brilliance, but I need to play more consistency. I'm moving over to play strong safety, so I'm hoping to make more tackles and blitz the quarterback. I'd like to have at least 80 tackles and six or seven interceptions."
The twins plan is to continue playing together in college. After they finish taking their visits, they may be ready to make a verbal pledge.
"More than likely it will be late spring," said Eric of their decision date. ""I'm looking for a position coach who'll get me better. At Martin we spend so much time in the weight room that it almost has its own personality. So I look at what kind of weight room the program has because we'll be in there a lot. Really just a place my brother and I are comfortable with. With academics I'm look at going into Physical Therapy. I'd like to work with young athletes."
Eric Amoako was a wide receiver in JV ball. He switched to defensive back this season, his first as a starter for Arlington Martin. After losing their first two games of the 2010 season, the Warriors won their next 10 before falling in the 3rd round of the Texas 5A playoffs. The season was the most successful in school history.
Now in the football off-season, Eric and his brother Stephen, are competing in track in the high jump and the 4x1 relay. Eric has a 40 best of 4.43 which he ran at his high school. He's also keeping his attention on the books.
"I do well in school," Eric said. "The only subject that is giving me trouble this year is Algebra ll, but I usually do well in Math and Algebra."
The Amoako twins are cousins with Houston area product, Russell Okung. Okung starred at Oklahoma State before being selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
Eric wears No. 4 for the Arlington Martin Warriors, and Stephen is No. 21.
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