Four-Star Safety Enjoys Unofficial

Greenbelt (MD) Eleanor Roosevelt High standout Okechukwu Okoroha has taken two unofficial visits this fall, both to ACC programs.

"I went to Maryland when they played West Virginia," Okechukwu Okoroha informed Pack Pride. "I had a good time there. It's close to where I live, and that was really my first experience going to a college game. I had a lot of fun there."

After the Maryland visit, Okohora wasn't sure he would be taking many, if any, other unofficial visits this fall as his season was underway. However, he realized one day that he wanted to visit NC State and just like that he was on his way down to Raleigh.

"The whole NC State thing happened like two days before their game," he stated. "I just started thinking about it, and I wanted to try and see if I could make it down there. I talked it over with my parents, and we decided to go down for their game against Clemson."

What did he think of the visit?

"It was good," said Okohora. "It was a nice place... I really liked it. That was my first time going down there, and I thought the campus looked good. We were riding around and taking everything in, and I liked the atmosphere. The facilities were nice. I didn't get to see everything because they had a game, but it was nice.

"My parents liked it too. They liked the overall atmosphere and hanging out with coach Reed."

NC State defensive line coach Keith Willis is recruiting Okohora for the Wolfpack, and Okohora spent time with coach Willis and defensive backs coach Mike Reed while in Raleigh.

"Coach Willis is a great guy," said Okohora. "He's a great person. He'll tell you how it is, and I like that about him.

"I liked their defensive backs coach, coach Reed. Man, he's real cool. He's a guy you like to be around because you can tell he knows what he is talking about. Before the game, I was watching him work some of the guys out, and I could tell that he is a perfectionist."

Okohora was one of several big-time prospects on hand for NC State's ACC matchup against Clemson, a game that saw the Tigers come away with the 42-20 victory. What did Okohora think of the outcome?

"Clemson is a really good team," he said. "Either way, win or lose, I thought NC State played good. Every kid wants to play for a winning program, but at the same time them losing that one game doesn't put them down my list in anyway.

"No team is perfect. You're going to have some rough games from here and there, and it depends on how you finish and keep getting better."

Okohora is one of the most heavily recruited athletes on the East Coast. Tabbed a four-star prospect and the No. 19 safety in the country by, he is also rated the No. 8 prospect overall in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Programs such as Penn State, North Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia, NC State, Boston College, and Illinois have offered the talented defender. As of now he has yet to set up any official visits and is not ready to name any leaders as he remains wide open.

"I don' have a top five or any leaders," said Okohora. "I'm staying open right now. I'm going to take some visits and if I don't [commit] on signing day it may be sometime in December.

"For me, the number one factor is going to be the academics and graduation rates."

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