RU eyeing former Temple commit

A former Temple commit who is now playing at Fork Union Military Academy is getting serious interest from Rutgers and Connecticut. The player grew up in the shadows of the Rutgers campus, and talks about his recruitment, what schools he favors and how he has changed after spending time at a military academy. He also talks about his timetable for enrolling at a school.

By the time Andrew Opoku was qualified academically during the summer, after his senior year of high school, Temple already told him his scholarship for the class of 2009 was no longer available.

So, he enrolled at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, where his is blossoming on and off the field. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound safety/receiver is playing various positions on the field, and is getting loads of interest from Rutgers and Connecticut.

"The schools that have been recruiting me since I've been here at FUMA are UConn and Rutgers,'' Opoku said. "So far no offers, but UConn has been talking a good talk. I think they will be offering me soon''

Opoku, who played at North Brunswick Township High, said the Scarlet Knights are also showing high interest, and he likes the idea his family lives close to Rutgers Stadium. The Scarlet Knights are recruiting him as a safety.

"Rutgers fits in my recruitment quite good. (Assistant) coach (Joe) Susan and I have a great relationship'' Opoku said, "He is very understanding, and easy to talk to. I find Rutgers, as a program, to be a good school. They have great academics, the school is very diverse, in a nice environment and it's 10 minutes from home.

"Rutgers sits in my back yard. If I was to go there I would have a lot of support from my town.'' Opoku said Virginia Tech, Virginia and West Virginia each requested film, which will be going out shortly. He said he is yet to get an offer, but added his favorite "would be between Rutgers and Penn State…I don't have one particular school.''

Opoku added he was clocked at 4.52 in the 40, is benching 315 pounds, squatting 385 and power cleaning 245.

"The season is going great for me, I am playing with more confidence and making big plays for my team,'' Opoku said. "Coach has me playing safety, linebacker, wide receiver and all special teams, so I am doing all that I could to find a home and stay on that field.''

The drastic shift in school styles has also made a difference for Opoku.

"It has changed me for the better in many ways,'' Opoku said. "Coming here has made me more humble ,disciplined and more appreciative. I have also found a way to channel my emotions on the field and off the field.''

"I came in qualified so making big plays on the field is all I have to worry about while I am here. The military part does not bother me much because as long as I continue doing what is asked of me, my days here go fast and are smooth.''

Opoku plans on enrolling at a school in January.


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