4-Star DE Knows of Three Visits

NC State was a strong player early on with defensive end Jason Ankrah. Does the Pack still have a chance to land the four-star standout? Pack Pride has the latest.

It's no secret that the NC State coaching staff would love to add Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah to their 2009 recruiting class. The 6-4, 250 pound lineman has plenty of offers and knows of three official visits he would like to take.

Ankrah holds offers from NC State, Penn State, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others. He has been working hard in the off-season to fine tune his skills before his last year of high school football.

"Our first game is this Saturday (Sept 6) and we haven't played yet," Ankrah told PackPride.com in a recent interview. "I've just been working on my reaction to the ball and trying to learn more about the game. I'm going to be playing defensive end and tight end.

"Everybody has been recruiting me as a defensive end, though. Nobody has seen me play tight end yet because this is my first year doing it. I think it will go well."

While Ankrah will largely be focused on his senior season, he plans on making time for all five official visits at some point during the fall.

"I'd like to go to Michigan, Tennessee and Penn State," he said. "Those are the only ones I know of so far, but I'm still thinking about the last two.

"I wouldn't say those three are my favorites because I haven't seen them yet. They're probably the schools I'm interested in for the most part right now."

Ankrah received a call recently from one of the other schools recruiting him.

"Actually, NC State called not long ago but I wasn't able to get to it," he explained. "I'll talk to them soon, though. Maryland called too, and I talked to them a little bit. They were just telling me to keep my grades up. They want me to go down for their game against Cal so I'm going to go watch that. That will be an unofficial visit.

"I saw NC State's game against South Carolina and that was a tough loss. I still feel that the opportunity there would be great for me. I'm still thinking about taking an official visit there."

Ankrah is rated the No. 24 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. He said he will make his decision any time between now and the middle of his senior season.

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