The Gophers have been after the younger Ekpe for some time, being one of the first to offer him along with the Iowa Hawkeyes. After Iowa cooled on Ekpe, he was left with interest from Tulsa, North Texas, and Houston. In the end, Minnesota was too good for Ekpe to pass up.
"Just the coaching staff, their attitude and the way they coach, and the education," said Ekpe when asked why he picked the Gophers.
The Minnesota coaches were excited to hear about Ekpe's decision, something they have been hoping for since they offered early this cycle.
"They were happy and said that it was good I committed," he said.
Once he gets to Minnesota Ekpe is looking forward to playing defensive end alongside his older brother.
"It means a lot [to play with Scott]," he said succinctly.
Like his brother, Hendrick will graduate early and enroll at Minnesota in January. His goal is to put on some solid weight and get a handle on the defensive playbook.
Once he arrives on campus, Ekpe is excited to get to work.
"I just want to work hard and play with what God gave me," he said.
Ekpe also has goals for himself while being a student at the University of Minnesota.
"[I want] to do well in whatever field I choose," he said. "I'll work hard and leave a positive attitude."