RECRUITING: Arizona DT has all the tools

Arizona DT Ekom Udofia likes OU as one of his six favorites, but will the Sooners get a visit?


Speed and quickness is the name of the game at all positions, but when you find a big guy that can move like Ekom Udofia at defensive tackle then you have something really special. Udofia goes into his senior year as a three-year starter at a position where he is always in control of the line of scrimmage.

"I am always trying to come off aggressive off the ball," said Udofia. "I can watch the snap of the ball out of the corner of my eye and I have a great first step. I can work to keep my hands inside and once I get them inside then it is pretty much over because once I get that leverage then I am going to whip the man in front of me."

Udofia can bench 390 pounds, squats 600 and he has posted a 30-inch vertical jump. Udofia's strength is a tremendous asset for him.

"Strength is real helpful for me because once I get into a guy then I can do a number of different things to my defender, "said Udofia. "I get inside a guy with my strength and then I can throw my moves or do what it takes to get by him."

Udofia finished last year with 63 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. As a sophomore Udofia was also outstanding finishing with 78 tackles.

Udofia went to the Nike camp at Stanford last year and he went to the All-American Army combine in San Antonio in January. He also plans to attend the Combine at Sanford this weekend. Udofia has been offered by 17 different schools at this point and more promise to be on the way.

"I am looking hard at USC, Tennessee, Miami, Oklahoma, LSU and Georgia," said Udofia. "Those schools are pretty much at the top of my list right now."

"I think Oklahoma is a great school and they always ranked in the top ten in the country every year. They have such great players and I always watch them play whenever I can. On defense OU is real solid. I am not sure where they were ranked, but they have to be one of the best in the country. They seem to play so hard and well together. I think Oklahoma will probably be one of the schools that I visit."

Ekom hopes to visit several of his top schools unofficially.

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