DL Claims Offer From UM

The University of Miami has been known for producing high quality defensive tackles over the years. With the young talent on the current roster, that's probably not going to change anytime soon. As the UM coaches hit the trail for the new class, one major prospect appears to be Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral standout Ekom (pronounced A-com) Udofia.

At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Udofia emerged as a dominating presence on the field as a junior last season. He was a first team All-State pick after registering 72 total tackles, 12 sacks, and three caused fumbles as a junior last season. Now he's ready for an even better senior season.

"I'm spending a lot of time in the weight room and with my conditioning," Udofia said. "I had a good year last year but I know I'll continue facing a lot of double and triple teams so I want to be able to come out stronger than ever."

The talented defensive tackle is a tremendous athlete. On film, his athleticism and quickness really jump out at you. He was one of the top junior performers at any of last year's NIKE Camps when he ran a 4.68/40, ran a 4.16/shuttle, jumped 30 inches, and did 29 reps on the bench press.

"I'm better in all of those areas right now," he said. "I want to get my 40-time down around a 4.5 and I know I'm a lot stronger this year and quicker too. I want to dominate the opposition this year and become a first team All-American by the end of the year. My goal is to play in the national all-star game that's played every year."

Udofia, who carries a 4.0+ GPA while taking some honors courses, will be an easy qualifier. That's another reason why he's already being recruited like he's one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the country.

"I'm already getting a lot of interest from a lot of top schools," he said. "I'm just enjoying the process and I sure like seeing all of these scholarship offers coming in the way they are."

Udofia is currently sitting at six scholarship offers -- Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, Stanford, Tennessee, and Miami. He was offered by the Hurricanes not too long after National Signing Day in early February.

"I had been getting stuff in the mail from Miami and then I called their head coach, Larry Coker, on the phone," he said. "He was telling me how much they like me and how they have a scholarship offer waiting for me if I want it. I was so happy to hear that, just real excited. The other offers I had gotten before that were nice to get but when a school like Miami that some feel is the best program in the entire country, that's an amazing feeling."

The talented defender speaks very highly of the Hurricanes.

"That's a long way from home but I don't mind going anywhere to play," he said. "There are great programs all over. Miami's a place where they win a lot and put a lot of guys into the NFL. They're definitely one of my top schools right now. I definitely plan on taking a visit there."

The Hurricanes will have to compete with several other major programs for Udofia's signature.

"My top choice is probably USC right now," he said. "I really like the program they have and the direction they're headed. I'm still looking closely at several other programs -- Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Stanford, some schools like that."

Udofia's brother, Udeme, is a redshirt freshman at Stanford and he has an older sister that's close to graduating from the school. He says that won't play a major role in his decision.

"I have to make the best decision for me," he said. "If that's Stanford, then that's it. It may be anywhere. I'm just going to enjoy my senior season and then take my visits and decide after that."

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