Rising Jr Andrew Opoku looking to impress

Rising junior Andrew Kwame Opoku, 6'4"-210lbs, has been compared to his favorite athlete in future hall of fame safety Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles for his hard hitting abilities. Get an early look at one of the best players in the 2009 class.

Who is to determine what talent is? After all some people are saying 2008 is a down year for skilled players in New Jersey while others have expressed this class is loaded with top athletes. One thing I know is if you happen to wonder in the area of North Brunswick high school, there is no doubt you'll run into one of the states best athletes. But remember to have your chinstrap buckled, as it just might get knocked off.

Andrew Opoku resides there and at 6' 4" weighing 210 pounds, he has been compared to his favorite athlete in future hall of fame safety Brian Dawkins of the Philadelphia Eagles for his hard hitting abilities.

Opoku is a free safety by trade but may be more suited for the strong safety position in college. Opoku increased his bench press last year and he feels the added strength helped him in his ability to press coverage. These improved weight room numbers are a reported bench of 240 pounds, squat of 345 pounds, leg press of 345, and power clean of 235 pounds.

Like many competitors, Opoku is pursuing improvement to every phase of his game. Earlier this year, he attended the Nike Combine where he ran a disappointing forty time of 4.85 and a shuttle run of 4.6. These slow times were attributed to a lack of confidence in his ability to compete with some of the best athletes in the region. He entered the Rutgers Camp planning to redeem himself for his performance at the Nike Combine. He was able to run a forty time of 4.65 on what many felt was a slow track. During the 7-on-7's and one-on-ones', he was able to showcase his abilities against players like future Scarlet Knight Tim Jordan Wright and the group of excellent wide recievers from Florida.

Opoku will be entering his junior year in the fall and will look to obtain his first offer after the season. During the Rutgers camp, he felts he impressed the Rutgers coaches. An offer from the Knights might go a long way to securing Opoku services. Miami and Notre Dame are two other programs who have attracted his attention. He likes the ruthless style of play of the Hurricanes while he likes the recruiting success of the Irish and the program's possible future success. For now, he is busy preparing for his junior season and impressing more college coaches to obtain that first scholarship offer.


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