UNC Offers In-State DE

During an evaluation visit to Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell last week, North Carolina assistant coach Everett Withers extended Romeo Okwara his latest scholarship offer.

"He watched me practice, watched my highlight tape, and he really liked what he saw," Okwara said. "So he offered me."

Eight schools have now offered Okwara, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound defensive end, including Duke, Michigan, Minnesota, NC State, South Florida, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.

"I'm really excited about the UNC offer," Okwara said. "It was the first I heard from UNC, but I grew up a UNC fan. I really like the school. It's a great academic school and they have great D-line coaches that can help me improve. "

Regardless, Okwara, who's unsure when he'll make a verbal commitment, doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I'm pretty wide open," Okwara said.

The primary reason for Okwara's lack of favorite schools is that he has yet to make any recruiting visits.

"I plan on making some [visits] this summer," Okwara said. "I'll probably do some camps."

Okwara is considering camping at Clemson, Notre Dame, and UNC.

Although it has only been open for five years, Ardrey Kell has developed a reputation for producing Division I-A players. Alumnus Prince Shembo is a sophomore linebacker at Notre Dame, while Drew Owens and Justus Pickett signed with South Carolina and Maryland, respectively, last February. Additionally, Nick Davidson, who recently moved to Minnesota, has several D-IA scholarship offers.

"I'm real close to all of them," Okwara said of the Ardrey Kell stars. "They aren't really recruiting me. They keep telling me to keep focused on what I'm doing."

Last season was Okwara's first as a varsity starter. He ended the season with 70 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles, and a blocked kick.

About a month ago, Okwara, who turns 16 years old in June, participated in the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Mint Hill, where he registered a 4.95-second 40-yard dash, a 4.70-second 20-yard shuttle, and 32.2-inch vertical jump.

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