Wolverines Recruiting 2012 PA Safety

GBW recently spoke with Okezie Alozie following Freedom High's pre-season scrimmage versus Harrisburg High School. Alozie has emerged on the scene as one of the top junior prospects in the state of Pennsylvania.

Okezie Alozie has certainly made the most of the short amount time he's spent in Pennsylvania. Born in Shreveport (LA), Alozie and his family, of Nigerian descent, moved to Bethlehem (PA) when he was seven years old.

Fast forward to 2008, where he played varsity football for Freedom as a freshman, before having the breakout season in 2009 that has attracted the attention from college recruiters. The interest is coming from everywhere.

"Wisconsin, Iowa, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia, LSU, Penn State, Temple, NC State. It's a long list of schools (laughing)," Alozie told GoBlueWolverine.com.

After seeing Okezie play in person, it's easy to understand why there is a long list of schools courting him. GBW was on the scene when Freedom scrimmaged Harrisburg, and Alozie put on a show.

He broke up more than a handful of pass attempts, and was a consistent presence versus the run. Alozie is regarded as a big hitter, and while there is no doubting that, it was his range and speed that proved to be much better than advertised. In what will be a loaded Class of 2012 in Pennsylvania, Alozie proved his name needs to be mentioned in any conversation ranking the state's top 10 prospects.

The in-state schools seem to agree with the sentiment above: Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Temple are heavily involved in Alozie's recruitment. At this point, he's most familiar with the Nittany Lions and Owls after camping at both schools.

"Temple was way better than I expected. I like the coaches and the campus," he said. "I wasn't really a fan of Penn State, but they really impressed me. They have a great coaching staff, and so much tradition. They win a lot of games."

Alozie grew up a fan of the LSU Tigers. How would an offer from his hometown team effect his recruitment?

"I'm definitely interested since they were my favorite team growing up. I was supposed to go down there for a camp this summer but I couldn't make it. If LSU were to offer I'd have to strongly consider them, but I wouldn't commit or nothing. I have to evaluate them like all these other schools."

One of those schools is the Michigan Wolverines, who have been in contact with Alozie the past few months.

"Yeah, I talk to Coach Braithwaite. He said my film is impressive and that I'm one of the top defensive guys he's recruiting."

Despite not knowing much about the Wolverines, one name resonat

es with Alozie. "They (Michigan) play in the Big Ten and are trying to get back on the winning track. Plus, Charles Woodson went there, he's pretty sick!"

The Wolverines have invited Alozie to attend any-and-all home games on the 2010 schedule, but no visit is planned at this time. Instead, Alozie plans to unofficially visit schools a little closer to home.

"I plan on going to Maryland, Penn State, Duke, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut."

The 6-0, 190 pound safety doesn't hold any offers at this time, but feels three schools are close to pulling the trigger.

"Maryland, Notre Dame, and Penn State may offer soon."

Regardless of who offers, Alozie plans to take his time with the recruiting process.

"Everything is equal," he said. "I never even thought schools like Michigan, Penn State, and Notre Dame would recruit me. I'm just going to be patient and stay humble."

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