Arizona DL Has Michigan in Early Top Five

With strong family ties to the West Coast it may be difficult for schools outside the region to pry defensive lineman <b>Ekom Udofia</b> away. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Udofia on Friday and he says he's been getting a lot of interest from schools all over the country, including Michigan. Who is his early leader?

"I've been getting a lot of contact already," Ekom Udofia from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. said. "Stanford, Michigan, UCLA, Ohio State, USC and others. Stanford is the only one that's offered so far."

The Michigan coaches were in contact with Udofia and he said they are very interested in him. He says he's looking at a lot of different schools but has an early top five of USC, Stanford, Michigan, Miami and Ohio State. "Right now I'd say USC is my favorite," Udofia said. "I grew up liking Miami but as time went on I began to like USC, and then the last couple years I've liked USC and Michigan."

Each school has some of what Udofia is looking for, but one thing seems to stand out for one school. "Michigan probably has one of the best combinations of football and academics and they are always good," he said. "I grew up liking Ohio State and Miami and they're always good too. I watched their games all the time so I could see myself at either place. I really wasn't in to Stanford all that much, but my brother, Udeme, is a red-shirt freshman there now so I get to see them a lot. I also have a sister that will be graduating this year. I really like USC, I've looked at them and they have good academics too, and I have family that lives in the area."

Udofia says his parents are not steering him in any direction. "They're going to let me decide," Udofia said. "I'm looking to get away for college. I want to major in business and I'm starting to do some research on different schools."

Udofia says he plays strictly defense for Chaparral, lining up at end and tackle. This past season he recorded 72 tackles and 12 sacks along with three forced fumbles and three fumble recovery's. "I'm being recruited to play at the tackle position by everyone," he said.

Udofia said he began getting notice after being awarded sophomore player of the year by Student Sports.

He says he plans to take all five official visits and will wait at least until the end of the season, and possibly until Signing Day, before making his decision. He says he isn't playing any other sports, concentrating solely on football and weight training. As for camp plans he says he'll definitely attend the Stanford Nike Camp, as well as camps at Michgian and USC

Udofia's Stats: 6-2, 290 lbs., 4.68 in the 40, 380 lb. max bench, 600 lb. squat, 4.1 GPA/1160 PSAT

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