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Texas OLB Visits Kansas And Missouri

Still seeking his first scholarship offer, Texas outside linebacker Kenneth Orji visited Kansas and Missouri over the weekend.

Class of 2017 Texas outside linebacker Kenneth Orji had an eventful weekend, making unofficial visits to a pair of Midwestern rivals in Kansas and Missouri

“It was a great weekend,” Orji told, “a very amazing experience.”

A 6-foot-2, 217-pounder who is still seeking his first scholarship offer, Orji visited Kansas on Saturday and then Missouri on Sunday and broke down for Scout what he liked about both campuses and programs. 

“Kansas, what I liked most, was how everybody was together. The campus was a very close campus,” Orji said. “… Everyone is together. When I went to their (basketball) game and saw their fan base, it was amazing. The facilities for Kansas, the weight room, the nutrition room, the dining hall, the lockers, everything was nice.”

Orji hopes to know in the next few weeks if the Jayhawks will offer.

“Coach (Jason) Phillips, the receivers coach, he’s the one recruiting me,” Orji said. “He’s the area recruiter for my area. He said it’s going good and Coach Todd (Bradford), the linebackers coach, is still doing his final evaluations but it should be soon. He said he’s going to be back to Houston soon, to Missouri City soon. So I should know what happens in a good amount of time, probably two weeks from now, three weeks from now, if they are going to offer.”

Orji said “everything was amazing” during his trip to Missouri. 

“One of the biggest things was that I got a personal tour of Missouri by the defensive coordinator, Coach (DeMontie) Cross,” Orji said. “He’s also the one recruiting me. He showed me everything. I met the starting inside linebacker, Mike Scherer, and I got to see the whole facility.” 

Orji enjoyed his trip to Memorial Stadium. 

“The stadium was huge,” he said. “I really enjoyed that. It was a big stadium.”

Like at KU, Orji said Missouri is still evaluating him. The Tigers want to see more from him, he explained, but know which position they like him at. 

“Coach Cross said he’s doing his final evaluations,” Orji said. “He said he’d be back in Houston for our spring to see me work out, around April or May. He also said they are looking at me as an outside linebacker more than a D-end. He’s going to do his final evaluations and then it’s going to be on how I prove to him if I really deserve it or not. I’m pretty sure I can do that.”

Orji was pleased with his junior season at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. Playing defensive end, he said he recorded 98 tackles, 10 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. 

He knows he has to be patient in waiting for that elusive first offer.

“I’ve been talking to different coaches from different areas,” he said. “Colorado State, their coach. A coach from Oklahoma State. I’ve been talking to a coach from Northwestern since my sophomore year. Kansas and Missouri. An SMU coach came around. My family told me just to be patient. … I have my whole spring. We have spring ball. I have a whole bunch of time. I just need to be patient.”

Orji, who wants to gain five to 10 pounds before his senior season, plans to see some more schools soon. 

“The coach from OSU invited me to their spring game on April 16,” he said. “So I’ll make the trip up there. I might be going to the Junior Day for Texas State on the 26th. I was invited to the Junior Day for Colorado, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make that trip.”

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