Heels After Md. Safety

North Carolina extended a scholarship offer to Okechukwu Okoroha last week.

"Coach [Tommy] Thigpen told me it was coming," said Okoroha. "He said the way I play, they like the passion I have for the game.

"He's a real good guy. I've been talking to him for a real long time before the offer came. [We talk] if not everyday, every other day. It's mostly text messages, but I give him calls."

Okoroha, a 6-foot 185-pound safety from Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt, has also been offered by Boston College, Clemons, Illinois, NC State, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia.

When Thigpen first began to recruit Okoroha, he thought of UNC as a basketball school. However, decisions by local recruits have changed those perceptions.

"When I first heard about North Carolina I was like, ‘Oh, man, that's the school that [Michael] Jordan came from,'" said Okoroha. "And then I saw Marvin Austin [signed] over there. It looks like it's going to be a good program. Something good is going on over there. So I feel high on them."

Okoroha plans to make an unofficial visit to North Carolina sometime this summer.

"I don't know when or where, but I do plan on taking a lot of visits this summer to schools that have offered me," said Okoroha.

With only one unofficial visit thus far (Maryland's Spring Game), Okoroha has found difficulty in developing a list of favorites. He will, however, announce his final five schools at the end of the summer.

Following his senior football season, Okoroha said he will make a verbal commitment.

"[I'm focusing on] academics," said Okoroha. "After academics, I'll look at the depth chart. And then [I'll look at] the people that I'll be associating myself with like the coaches and the players."

Okoroha was named to the All-League team following a junior season in which he collected 52 tackles and six interceptions.

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