RECRUITING: Udofia says OU will be in it at the en

Scottsdale, Ariz. defensive tackle Ekom Udofia update.

Ekom Udofia, DT, 6-1, 290, 5.0, SCOTSDALE (CHAPARRAL HS), CALIFORNIA:

JH: How did your visit go to OU?


EU: "I thought it went real well."

JH: What did you like about it?

EU: "It was nice to meet all the coaches, and I got to see the team twice. I got to go to the awards banquet, which was nice. And the Switzer Center is really something to see. Everything on the visit was nice."

JH: What surprised you during the visit?

EU: "There are a lot more things in Oklahoma to do that some people would not think. The facilities were real nice, the best we have seen so far. The academic center was great with so many different areas of study. They have a number of very qualified people to help you out."

JH: What did you think about the football team as a whole?

EU: "They practice all-out. They are going 100 percent on every play. It is unbelievable how hard they practice. We all were standing there in awe about how hard they practice, but that is always why we realize that they are that good. Their intensity at practice is what separates them from the other teams."

JH: Did you watch the defensive tackles very much?

EU: "Yeah, I was following them around all over practice. I like how they practice, and Coach Shipp really stressed feet and hands. His D-linemen were very athletic and real good with their feet and hands."

JH: Now that you have visited OU how does your recruiting stack up?

EU: "It was my last visit, but I don't have a clear picture yet where I am leaning or anything. Over the next couple of weeks I hope to be able to make a decision."

JH: Do you have a favorite?

EU: "I haven't eliminated anybody just yet because I haven't had chance to get back and really think out."

JH: Did Oklahoma impress you enough to be a serious contender for your services?

EU: "I think Oklahoma is very much in it. They have a good shot, and actually they have a better shot than some of the others school probably. I have been Miami, Stanford, USC and Oklahoma State, and all are good schools. I would say that when it is all said and done that Oklahoma is going to be one of the schools that it comes down to. I just can't see me eliminating them off the list, but they will be one of the finalists — that is for sure."

JH: You had a very serious injury, so how is it doing? What exactly happened to you again?

EU: "I was able to get around this weekend without crutches. I brought my crutches, but I didn't use them much. I was walking around slower than they others, but I did OK. One thing that they did tell was that they had a great medical and training staff. Coach Stoops told me that if I did sign with them it would be better off if I tried to come out all summer, because they could give me treatment all summer. I broke my fibula in four places and tore the tendons in my ankle."


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