Okafor Likes Three, But Would Consider More

If Notre Dame wants to make a play for Pflugerville (Texas) High defensive end Alex Okafor, and they're definitely interested, they're going to have to up the recruiting intensity quick. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect likes Texas, LSU and Stanford, and could verbally commit within the next month.

"I've pretty much narrowed it down, and I feel those three schools are where I want to be," Alex Okafor said. "Maybe after I visit Stanford, which is going to be my last junior day, maybe I'll commit somewhere in a month if everything feels right."

Okafor, who already holds scholarship offers from Texas, Stanford, Auburn, Texas Tech and Nebraska, gets regular mail from Notre Dame, and was invited to the Irish's Feb. 24th junior day. Assistant coach Mike Haywood was by the school a couple months ago to pick up film and transcripts.

"My Dad is Catholic, so he likes Notre Dame a lot," Okafor said. He won't be able to take the Irish up on their junior day invitation. "He always liked them a lot in his younger days.

"If they offered, I would definitely sit down and think about it, but I'm still pretty high on Texas, LSU and Stanford. I'd consider them, but I don't know if they're too big in the race right now."

In helping Pflugerville advance to the class 5-A state championship game this past fall, Okafor had 72 tackles and seven sacks. He runs a 4.67 40-yard dash, and was named all-District and all-Central Texas.

At Texas' junior day this past weekend, Mack Brown offered Okafor a scholarship and told him he was their No. 1 priority at defensive end.

"They like my explosion off the ball and pass rushing ability," Okafor said of what college's have told him. "They feel like I have a frame that can put on a lot more weight, and keep my speed."

Okafor visited Texas twice this past season for games, and says they have the best facilities he has seen.

"I pretty much saw everything I needed to see, and enjoyed it," Okafor said.

He visited LSU during the summer for camp.

"It was nice down there at LSU too," Okafor stated. His cousin Eric Alexander played linebacker for the Tigers, and was signed as a rookie free agent by the New England Patriots. "I liked there defensive ends coach. I didn't get to talk to Les Miles too much, but from what I've seen, he's a nice coach.

"Over the summer they said they were highly interested in me, but they haven't indicated they're going to offer early."

Another school that indicated they're going to offer is Oklahoma.

"I think Oklahoma is supposed to be sending me one in the next week or so," Okafor said. He also visited Norman during the fall. "I liked that school too. It's really professional. They know what they're talking about, and they do what they do well."

March 1st will be Okafor's first trip to Stanford. He'd like to begin wrapping up the recruiting process soon after.

"I just want to focus on my senior year and relax," Okafor said. "I really don't want to be bombarded by coaches and phone calls and stuff like that.

"I'm just looking for a great place to be where everyone is having fun and they're seriously trying to get better as a program."

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