MacPherson Visits Olentangy

Northwestern assistant coach Matt MacPherson stopped by Olentangy (OH) High School to visit NU commit Kenton Playko, but he also visited with Playko's teammate, junior cornerback Buchi Okafor. Get the latest on the rising junior in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Junior cornerback Buchi Okafor knows all about Northwestern, and he has only walked through campus once.

Okafor (6-foot-1, 183 pounds) is teammates with Northwestern commit Kenton Playko, who gave his verbal back in March. Playko has been telling his teammate all about what Northwestern has to offer.

"(Playko) told me it's a family there," said Okafor. "He and all the commits, they are all friends. He loves it down there. He could really see himself living there for the next four years."

Okafor joined Playko and his family for a visit during Michigan weekend. The Playkos assumed the role of tour guide, and showed Okafor all around Evanston.

While visiting campus, Okafor visited campus, Northwestern's football facilities, and learned about the school's academic prestige, which is very important for the cornerback.

The facilities and the campus are nice," Okafor said. "The academics—it's one of the top schools for academics."

Prior to the Wildcats' game with Michigan, Okafor joined the other recruits to hear from NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"I love the head coach," he said of Fitzgerald. "When I went down there for game, he seemed like a genuine guy who knows where to take this program. One of the main focuses is academics and that's big for me. I just like the whole program."

Okafor and Playko recently received an in-school visit from NU running backs coach Matt MacPherson.

"(MacPherson) just wanted to check up on me," said Okafor. "He was talking to Kenton, too, so he just wanted to check in on how I'm doing and what my grades."

Okafor hopes he can return to Northwestern for a visit in the coming months. He remains very interested in what the Wildcats have to offer.

Thus far, Okafor has received interest from Northwestern, Ohio State, Kentucky, Duke, and a number of others. However, he already has a favorite."

"Northwestern is probably on top of my list," said Okafor.

Okafor emphasized that academics are an important part of his recruitment. He carries a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.


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