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The Texas safety talks about his early recruitment and going through the process with his brother.

“The Stanford defense is exciting because of all the success they have against the great offenses in the Pac-12."

Rockwall (Tex.) safety Anfernee Orji’s is still early in his recruitment, but he is already making a name for himself. As a 6-foot-1, 205-pound incoming sophomore, he has emerged as a top recruit, earning a spot on Scout’s Class of 2019 Watch List. 

It's an honor to be on the list with other great athletes and being on the list gives me confidence and drives me to work harder to show that I really do belong on the list,” Orji said.

Both the Stanford Cardinal and Texas Longhorns are targeting him currently. Orji and his older brother, linebacker Alston Orji, camped at Stanford this summer, working with inside linebackers coach Peter Hansen while there.

“I like a lot of things about Stanford, like the academics and the benefits for life after football. And of course, I admire the football program and the beautiful campus with plenty of options to choose from for a major,” Orji said.

“The Stanford defense is exciting because of all the success they have against the great offenses in the Pac-12. They are only improving in every aspect as a defense.”

Orji said going through this process with his brother has helped him be able to look to Alston as a mentor and to get more eyeballs on the duo. Orji describes himself as aggressive, smart and relentless, going 100% on each play and making film study a priority.

While there is a long road ahead for Orji, he knows his top priorities for a school.

“The most important thing to choosing a school is a family environment with promising benefits for life after football," Orji said. "Another important thing in choosing a school is a great academic program with a good and growing football program.”

In the meantime, Orji wants to focus on his cover skills and quickness to thrive in the talented Texas high school football scene.

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