However, Ekpe has no timeline for committing.
"I don't even know yet," he said.
An important element in his decision will be getting a brand name education, although he is not sure yet what he plans on studying.
"Something maybe having to do with business," he said.
Aside from having his brother, Scott, on the Gophers, Ekpe likes two things about the University of Minnesota.
"Their coaching staff and their education," he said.
He has not been on Minnesota's campus yet, but hopes to visit after his season ends. Until then, he will keep working on his training goals.
"Get stronger and bigger, and faster off the ball," he said.