Florida Speedster Has Options

Tallahassee (FL) North Florida Christian athlete Ochuko Jenije may not be a name receiving attention from recruiting analysts, but colleges know all about the Florida speedster.

"Recruiting is going good for me," Ochuko Jenije told Pack Pride. "Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Florida, USC, Iowa State, Arkansas, and NC State are some of the schools recruiting me.

"I have offers from Iowa State, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Rutgers, so I have some options. Coaches are calling every week, and I'm keeping my options open. I'm still looking at several different schools."

What does Jenije bring to the table? He is a dynamic athlete. Checking in at 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Jenije turned heads at the Miami NIKE Camp this past spring. He ripped off a 4.39 40-yard dash, the third fastest time out of over 300 campers, and also posted a 4.37 shuttle and a 31-inch vertical. The NIKE Camp was Jenije's first combine experience, and he was pleased with his effort and felt it only helped his recruitment.

"It was fun to see all of those athletes there," he said. "They all have the same goal in mind, and it brings out the best in you. There was over 300 kids there, and they all want to play football on the next level.

"I was happy with how I performed. That was probably the fastest time for me. I think I could do better now because I've been training at Titus Sports Academy with some teammates."

Jenije isn't just a great athlete, he's also a terrific football player. Teaming with other high-major recruits Carlton Salters and Marcus Sims, Jenije has played a big role in NFC's recent six-game winning streak.

"We're rolling right now," he said. "We're 7-2, and we have won six games in a row. I feel confident with the way we are playing right now."

Jenije splits time at wide receiver and cornerback for North Florida Christian, and he projects as a corner on the next level.

"Colleges like me best on defense," he said. "They like my speed and how well I close on the ball."

Jenije's friends call him Chuko (pronounced chew-ko), and his first name, Ochuko, is Nigerian for "God is a helper." Fully qualified with a 3.8 GPA, he is proud of his heritage.

"My parents are Nigerian," Jenije said. "They were born and raised in Nigeria. I have been there once. It is pretty much the same as America but a lesser profile. Kind of like the ghettos of America. I liked it though. I would like to visit again."

Jenije admits that he doesn't know much about NC State, as the Wolfpack have just recently picked up their interest level after watching game film. However, he may get a chance to see the Wolfpack in action this weekend as they face Florida State in Tallahassee.

"NC State is recruiting me now, and I know a little about them," he said. "I talked with them a couple of weeks ago, and they want me to come up for a visit. I'll get to know more about them then, and I'm hoping to make the game this weekend. That way I can see them in person against Florida State."

There appears to be no favorite in Jenije's recruitment, although he hopes the hometown school will increase their efforts in the near future.

"I'm open," he said. "Distance doesn't matter to me either. I was born and raised in Tallahassee, and that would be great if they came through with an offer, but I've got options."

Jenije hopes to make a decision in "December or January" and plans on taking his official visits before announcing.

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