Ekanem, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end from Clifton (Va.) Centreville, proceeded to schedule a visit to UNC for this coming Saturday, where he will likely participate in the Tar Heels' Camp.
"I just want to see the campus, and meet the coaches and see how they are," Ekanem said. "I want to work out with Coach Robinson and see how he coaches. And I want to meet Coach [Butch] Davis."
Beyond Saturday's UNC visit, Ekanem has no other imminent visit plans. He has previously made trips to Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Nearly 20 schools have offered Ekanem a scholarship, including Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
At this point, Ekanem doesn't have a leader or a favorite schools list.
"I'm going to start to narrow it down, so I have a better picture of what my plans are going to be with official visits," Ekanem said. "I'll narrow down my list closer towards the season."
Ekanem's trimmed list will be made up of eight or less schools.
"Virginia and Virginia Tech are up there," Ekanem said. "And Oregon and Notre Dame, I'm taking official visits there. I plan on using my five official visits to schools that are ‘air plane distance.' "
Ekanem plans to take all five of his official visits before making his collegiate decision – perhaps on National Signing Day.
"I'm looking for a school where I feel at home," Ekanem said. "Academics are important – I want to major in business. I want to be cool with the coaches [and] get to know all of them. I want to be a part of a good class of 2012 [and] a school with good history – a school that wins a lot."
Ekanem began hearing from UNC early in the spring. Communication with the staff began with Charlie Williams, who recruits the area for UNC, but has started to shift more towards Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach.
"They talk about how they can't wait for me to get down there, basically," Ekanem said. "And what I would play in their system – I would play a rush D-end."
Ekanem finished his junior season with 75 tackles and 17 sacks. He also played tight end where he caught four touchdowns passes.