Ankou Targeting Camp Dates

Canadian defensive end Eli Ankou is very familiar with Rutgers after multiple trips to Piscataway this year. caught up with the Class of 2012 recruit, who already holds three verbal scholarship offers, to find out if he will camp at Rutgers and where he expects to play ball his senior year.

The best way for Canadian defensive end Eli Ankou to land a Rutgers offer is to perform right in from of the coaching staff at camp this summer.

And that's exactly what the No. 57 defensive end in the Class of 2012 hopes to do.

"I'm definitely trying to make it there," Ankou said. "It isn't set in stone, but I really want to make it. That's my best chance at landing an offer."

Rutgers has offers out to Don Bosco's Darius Hamilton, Montclair's Julian Pinnix-Odrick and Trace Clark out of Wichita, Kan., at defensive end, but will take a hard look at Ankou if he arrives for camp as he hopes.

Ankou works out with a group of fellow Canadians with plans to visit the west coast for camps this summer. He will camp at USC, Stanford and UCLA, but also wants to swing east for Rutgers.

Vanderbilt, Virginia and UCLA have verbal scholarship offers on the table for Ankou, but he sees the camp circuit as a chance to really get his name out there.

Ankou performed well at NIKE camps at Penn State and Rutgers earlier in the month and said that has led to increased interest from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Washington State and Georgia Tech.

"[Rutgers] wants to see me in person to get a better feel for my game," he said. "The coaches sound like straightforward guys. They're getting a lot better. They're a program on the rise. They have great facilities. It's the kind of place I could feel like I'm at home."

Ankou attended St. Peter High School (Orleans, On.) last year, but will be playing much closer to Rutgers next season.

With his application sent in, Ankou expects to enroll at Red Lion Christian Academy (Bear, Del.) for the Fall.

"That will hopefully be a great opportunity to showcase my skills a lot closer to the colleges that are recruiting me," Ankou said. "My application still needs to be approved, but it's looking like that's where I'm headed.

"It would be a great experience to play in the United States before I do it for college. I would love to get a feel for the American game, because all I have to go on now is camps and workouts."

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