2017 George Ranch DE impressed by junior day, SMU offer

Billy talked with 2017 George Ranch defensive end Toby Ndukwe about his SMU offer and junior day trip.

2017 George Ranch defensive end Toby Ndukwe picked up an SMU offer after taking a visit to The Hilltop for the Jan. 30 junior day.

"It was coach Malone. My head coach told me to call him right after class so I did and he said SMU wanted to offer me," "I've talked to him before. I went up there for junior day and got to know him."

Malone and Ndukwe are just now beginning to know eachother, but Ndukwe said there was a solid connection early.

"We're actually good. We talk a lot and when I went up there and met him, he was talking to us and I actually felt a real good connection."

The junior day also impressed Ndukwe in a few different areas.

"It was nice how the program was and how the coaching staff was. The school overall was real good," Ndukwe said. "Just the way things were set up there. The coaches met with us individually and the weight room and nutrition area and stadium was nice too. The tutoring section was really nice too."

SMU signee Mikial Onu is a high school teammate of Ndukwe and he's already begun recruiting the 6-3, 210-pound defensive end.

"Right after I got the offer, he wanted me to commit right away. I told him I need to take my time and he's going to be big over there though," Ndukwe said.

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Ndukwe wants to decide before his senior year around the end of the summer and with SMU being his only offer so far, that isn't lost on Ndukwe.

"It's actually really big because it shows that they are actually interested and have been keeping an eye on me and it's a real great feeling," Ndukwe said.

Ndukwe is looking for a school that has a good balance of academics and athletics. Whatever school lands Ndukwe will get a long, athletic pass rusher.

"They'll be getting a fast edge rusher and a guy that knows how to use his hands real well with good pursuit, good speed and is long," Ndukwe said. "I'd say I need to work on my feet and getting that good first step."

George Ranch finished the season as state champions and Ndukwe is looking forward to the work that it'll take to repeat.

"It was a great experience. We had a feeling from the beginning of the season that we were going to make it and that we just had to believe in our teammates and ourselves," Ndukwe said. "For next year, we have a lot of key guys leaving so as a senior and the group of guys, we have to step up and be leaders to help the younger guys just like they did for us."

Texas State is getting a visit from Ndukwe in March. 


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