Mutual Interest Exists For Alozie

2012 safety prospect has interest in Maryland, and the feeling is mutual.

Safety Okezie Alozie knows that to play well, you have to look good. When asked about his attraction to Maryland, the junior out of Freedom High School in Bethlehem, Pa. first commented on the Terps’ uniforms.

But there is much more to the mutual attraction between Maryland and Alozie than looks as he begins to sort through the vast interest he has received from big-time programs. Maryland’s safeties coach Kevin Lempa is his recruiting coordinator.

“We usually talk once a week,” Alozie said. “He just asks how our team looks and how I am personally and when I want to come down to Maryland. He’s always trying to get me to come down for a visit.”

Alozie said Sept. 18 that he would be in attendance for Maryland’s game against Florida International.

“They said it’s a great university academically and they have great athletics,” Alozie said. “(Coach Lempa) said I’d fit in well with the team.”

In his top eight, the 6-foot, 195-pounder named Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Pittsburgh, but said he is entertaining interest from all directions because he is only a junior. He said he plans on receiving his first offers very soon.

“I’m kind of close with some schools. I’m really close with Iowa, Michigan and West Virginia,” Alozie said.

Recruiters, including Lempa, are after Alozie for his field presence as a safety.

“When he saw my highlights he said not a lot of defensive backs are as aggressive as I am,” Alozie said. “He likes the way I flow to the ball.”

He said he is trying to work on the mental side of the game as his team tries to build upon their quick 2-1 start to the season.

“I want to be a smarter football player,” he said, “by just making less mistakes on the field, probably by watching more film.”

In the first three games, Alozie amounted 13 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense and carried the ball 15 times for 100 yards and three touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball.

Because he still has so much to ride out the recruiting process, Alozie said he doesn’t currently have any official visits lined up. He will, however, be attending games this year at Penn State, West Virginia and Rutgers in addition to the Maryland game.

With Maryland’s impressive start to the season, he appears to be coming down at exactly the right time.

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