Egboh Earning Offers, Visits

'Tis the season for sleeper recruits, and North Mesquite High School senior tight end Pannel Egboh is coming into full season. Since our last update, he has scheduled two more official visits, and he reports that two schools are on the cusp of offering. The 6'6" athlete is playing basketball right now, and college coaches are wide-eyed with what they are seeing...

Just a few weeks ago we broke a new and exciting recruit to you in Mesquite, Texas tight end Pannel Egboh.  The senior from North Mesquite High School is a legit 6'6" and a rangy athlete with a 78" wingspan who is catching on with a lot of college coaches.  We reported last month his offers from Duke, Arizona and others, and now more are on the way.  He was just recently offered by Colorado State and all of a sudden has an official visit scheduled to Fort Collins this weekend.  That comes on the heels of his official trip to Duke this past weekend, which left a favorable impression on the Texan.

"I really enjoyed it," Egboh reports.  "I'm excited about the opportunity they offer me toward my goal of becoming a doctor.  And when we sat down to watch [Duke] video, I saw that they throw to their tight ends a lot.  The tight end looks like a key to their offense."

The Cardinal of course have their own pitch they are delivering to the tight end recruit with their academics and offensive opportunities, and they are spending ample time in his town working the recruiting trail.  Tight ends coach Tom Quinn came last week to watch him play in a basketball game, and Egboh delivered for the Stanford coach with a dunk in the game that made Quinn break out a big smile.  Quinn also has come into the Egboh home this week, with a positive message.

"Coach Quinn told me about how the admissions process is the only thing keeping me away from an offer," he explains.  "They are still reading my application right now.  He says that I will probably be accepted by the 19th, and then they can offer.  Vanderbilt is also on the verge of offering."

The recruit is reciprocating the Cardinal interest by setting up an official visit to Stanford the first visit weekend of January (1/9).  He is looking forward to the visit because of the uniqueness he perceives in the program.

"The whole thing that makes Stanford different from all these other schools is that they choose academically strong kids through a selective process," the cerebral student-athlete declares.  "They have kids from strong academic backgrounds, like me."

With a growing list of schools, recruitniks would like to know who stands out above the others in this race, but Egboh won't bite when asked such questions.

"That's a really difficult question that I don't think I would like to answer publicly right now," he dodges.  "You know, it's confusing right now.  I have to record what I liked and didn't like from all these visits before I can really know who are my top schools."

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