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Texas DE Kenneth Orji Picks Up First Offer

Fort Bend (Tx.) Elkins High defensive end Kenneth Orji is coming off a strong junior season.

The recruiting process has been a bit slow for Fort Bend (Tx.) Elkins High School standout Kenneth Orji, but he picked up a big scholarship offer recently from Air Force.

It was the first offer for the Class of 2017 defensive end/outside linebacker and it means a lot to him.

“Their DC, Coach (Steve) Russ, visited my spring practice one day and talked to me,” Orji said. “He told me he really liked my game and was going to watch my film with the staff and get back to me in a week if the are going to offer. From then on we talked everyday until last Sunday he called and said they wanted to offer. 

“I was so excited and grateful. I know this will be a big turning point in my football career and life. The recruiting process has been a bit slow but now I know it will surely take off and I will always have Air Force in mind. They were the first college to give me a chance and believe in me.”

Orji, who said he’s up to 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, is coming off an impressive junior season in which he racked up 98 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble and was credited with 26 quarterback pressures. 

He made some unofficial visits this spring, including to Kansas and Missouri, and has attracted plenty of interest from schools but not any scholarship offers until Air Force extended one. 

Orji has been talking to several schools.

“I’ve been talking to coaches from Kansas, Navy, Army, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, Colorado State, Fresno State, McNeese State and much more,” he said.

He’s also visited some of them, besides Kansas and Missouri, or plans to.

“I have visited SFA (Stephen F. Austin) and I plan to visit U of H ( Houston), CSU (Colorado State) and maybe Kansas again and North Texas,” Orji said.

He’ll also have a chance to show what he can do at camps this summer.

“I plan to attend 2 satellite camps,” Orji said, “the UMHB Mega camp and SHSU (Sam Houston State) Elite Kat camp, plus a Kansas camp.”

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Mega Camp includes coaches from Missouri, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado State, Arkansas State and Stephen F. Austin.

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