Egboh Emerging In Texas

One theme continues to repeat itself in Stanford recruiting these days - the Cardinal and Nigerian recruits are frequently crossing paths. The newest such athlete with a heavy academic lean is 6'6" Pannel Egboh from Mesquite, Texas. Egboh has previous to this date escaped recruiting services, which is surprising given his four offers and a strong list of schools pursuing him. As expected, the Cardinal are in the thick of things...

6'6" 240-pound Mesquite, TX athlete Pannel Egboh is a new name for the Stanford public recruiting radar, but the Cardinal coaches have been taking a look at him for some time.  In fact, they are deep enough with his recruitment that he just last week finished the last portions of his Stanford admissions application and sent them to Old Union for review.  The tight end recruit already has four offers: Duke, Baylor, Arizona and Miami (OH).  But the Cardinal may not be far behind.

"I have to go through an application process first," the North Mesquite HS senior explains.  "Coach Tom Quinn calls me weekly, and I think they are going to offer.  I have pretty much turned in all of the application.  The recommendations were sent last week."

Egboh is a strong student carrying a 3.95 GPA currently, and he has scored an 1170 on his SAT.  Though he is quick to point out that he is not satisfied with that score and will retake the standardized test the morning of December 6.  That first December Saturday will be a busy one for the Texas athlete, as he will head out that afternoon for his first official visit, taking him to Duke's campus.

"Florida is also recruiting me pretty hard," the 6'6" athlete adds.  "And they say it is going to pick up even more.  I'm being pretty seriously recruited right now by Duke, Vanderbilt, Arizona, Arkansas, Army, Florida and Stanford.  All of them see me more as an offensive guy, but Vanderbilt likes me on defense."

The defensive side of the ball is where Egboh made his name this year at North Mesquite, recording 50 tackles and five sacks at defensive end.  He also blocked two PATs this year.

"I would have to say that defense was stronger for me this year," he allows.  "At defensive end, each week I did my job.  As a whole our defense was pretty awesome.  On offense I was mostly a blocking tight end.  Our coach is not a big passing guy.  I mostly played at tight end in our two-tights formations."

Unfortunately for Egboh and his teammates, the season has concluded for North Mesquite with a 4-6 record and no playoff berth.  That leaves him little rest, though, as he has already moved on to basketball, where is a standout forward in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Don't be surprised if college coaches are seen in the stands for his games the next couple months, as they try to get a closer look at what kind of athlete he is in open space.  His hardwood performances might offer more insight than most of his senior high school film, given that he stayed mostly in blocking formations.

Egboh says that his top three are Stanford, Duke and Vanderbilt.  His top seven are rounded out by Florida, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado.  His mother is quick to add, "Stanford is definitely our number once choice."

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