Okoroha Focusing on Senior Season

Like most of his peers, Okechukwu Okoroha has felt the effects of the NCAA's ban on text messages.

"Everything has slowed down right now – since the text messages were banned," said Okoroha. "So, I haven't done much with recruiting lately."

The deceleration comes at a good time for Okoroha, whose current concentration concerns his senior football season at Greenbelt (Md.) Roosevelt.

"I'm trying to focus on the season ahead of me right now," said Okoroha. "[Tuesday] is our first day of camp and I'm trying to focus on that.

"With the season being right around the corner, I've just been doing as much as I can with the team. We have a lot of good things this year. We just plan on going a really long way right now. We plan on being a contender for the state title this year."

If everyone stays focused, Okoroha believes Roosevelt will meet those lofty expectations.

"Right now we look really good as a team," said Okoroha. "The only thing that can stop us is ourselves. If we can play the way we know we can play and do what we know we can do, then nobody can stop us by ourselves."

Okoroha, a 6-foot 185-pounder, stars at safety for Roosevelt where he'll lead the defense against both the pass and the run.

"They'll use me this year as a strong safety and a free safety," said Okoroha. "I'm going to stay closer to the box this year, making plays in the backfield, and I'll be blitzing a lot this year."

Okoroha will also play offense, though will only be used sparingly at wide receiver.

In mid-season Okoroha does figure to return some of his attention to recruiting.

"I do plan on doing some [visits]," said Okoroha. "But right now, I have no clue when and where I'm going to go. Some of them will be unofficial; some of them will be official."

Over the summer Okoroha planned on getting in several unofficial trips including one to Chapel Hill. But things didn't work out as planned.

"I didn't get a chance to get up to North Carolina," said Okoroha. "I still do plan on trying to get up there. Probably during the season, but I'm not sure when."

Okoroha did unofficially visit Virginia and accompanied a friend to Wake Forest's camp.

The lack of campus visits makes it difficult for Okoroha to name any favorite schools at this point.

"Right now, I'm just trying to keep everything mellowed out," said Okoroha. "Like take it slowly and take my time with everything. I have no favorites." Okoroha said he won't make his college decision until closer to Signing Day.

His current offer list stands at Boston College, Clemons, Illinois, UNC, NC State, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia.

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