Rising Canadian Junior Visits Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- St. Peter of Ottawa, Ontario, defensive end Eli Ankou made quite an impression during the first day of the New Level Athletics lineman camp, and it came a day after he made an official visit to Rutgers. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Ankou talked about his recruitment, why he visited Rutgers and much more.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Eli Ankou already knows plenty about hard work. When it comes to generating interest in his recruitment, he is the one writing letters to college recruiters and putting video out.

Such is the way in Canada when it comes to high school football, but the 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end is doing his best to make a name for himself on the camp circuit.

His athleticism and speed was on display Saturday during the first day of the New Level Athletics Badger Sport Elite Lineman Challenge at the Rutgers indoor practice facility, where he was virtually unblockable in one-on-one drills.

"I'm just trying to get a Division I scholarship," said Ankou, who plays at St. Peter of Ottawa, Ontario. "Out of Canada, it's pretty hard. I'm just trying to get an education for free. I've gotten letters from Texas A&M, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Akron, but so far no one is offering, and that's what I'm looking for right now."

Ankou said one other school moved into the mix Friday. He arrived a day early for the combine and made an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

"It's a school I want to go to, to be honest," he said. "It's my main interest. The academic program is really good, and kinesiology is what I want to take, and I heard it was a pretty good school for the program.

"We went to the football office. I visited around the campus and it was really nice. I'll be back next week for the (NLA) 7-on-7 next week and I will (see the Rutgers staff)."

Ankou plays defensive end St. Peter, but could move to linebacker in college.

However, before that happens he is trying to show college recruiters what he has to offer, so he can get an offer.

"From out of the country, it's hard," Ankou said. "They're a step ahead in the United States, so you have to catch up. I'm just catching up. You have to do things on your own. Coaches won't be there to help you in recruiting and get noticed like in the United States.

"You have to do that yourself. You have to write your own letters."

However, that could change in the fall. Ankou said he plans on transferring to Red Lion Academy in Bear, Del.

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