Okakpu Finishes Strong; Schedules UNC Trip

Although Roswell (Ga.) fell a couple of games short of repeating as the GHS 5A champions, Ebele Okakpu's senior season didn't lack accomplishment.

"I scored my first high school touchdown – because I only play defense," Okakpu said. "I got a pick for a touchdown."

Okakpu, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound linebacker, recorded a second interception and ended the season with 151 tackles.

With his football season over, Okakpu will serve as a swingman on Roswell's basketball team.

Also this winter, Okakpu will take his lone official visit -- to UNC, the school he verbally committed to in July. His Chapel Hill trip is scheduled for the weekend of January 11th.

Last week, Okakpu hosted Butch Davis for his in-home visit.

"He talked about the academic and the athletic aspects of the school, and how he really liked being there," Okakpu said. "He talked about how I would love it there. And he talked about the school and the academic aspect of it."

Tommy Thigpen, Okakpu's primary recruiter and future position coach, is in-contact with Okakpu weekly and has also held an in-home visit himself.

"He told me I'm going to play the position that [Durell] Mapp, the weakside [linebacker], played" Okakpu said.

Primarily, Okakpu has played middle linebacker throughout his career at Roswell.

"As a freshman I played varsity and I played some outside linebacker and even this year I saw a little time on the outside," Okakpu said.

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