Ekom Udofia Names Top Two

The regular season is about to get underway for Stanford and other college football programs, but the recruiting season has been cranking for months now. One of the focal targets for the Cardinal and a host of national powers is Arizona defensive tackle Ekom Udofia. The younger brother of Stanford OLB Udeme Udofia has had a top list of 5-7 schools but now names a top two.

Arizona DL Ekom Udofia (6-1, 295, 5.0) of Scottsdale Chaparral says there's a 50% chance he'll go to Miami and a 30% chance he'll opt for Stanford. USC, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, his other faves, have also offered. "Miami's got a great program and I know if I go there I'll be competing against the best competition in practice," said Ekom, aka "E-Diesel."

"That 's good for me because I eventually want to go to the NFL. Miami's a great place to go if you want to go to the NFL. I like its location and I have an interest in some field of business. Coach (Dan) Warner (offensive coordinator) recommended that it has one of the best business schools in the country. I really like talking with coaches (Larry) Coker and Warner. I would get a good chance there.

"Stanford will give me a great education. I'll also have the opportunity to play as a freshman and play with my brother (Udeme Udofia, OLB/redshirt freshman). It's a factor and I'd like to play with Udeme. I've been there a lot and I like the campus and the people there are a plus. I'll just have to see how everything plays out.

"I like USC because they're coming off a national championship. I'd have the opportunity to play with DLs Mike Patterson and Shaun Cody. They're both pre-season all-Americans and its fun to watch them play…and when they leave I'd be able to play. I think they have dropped of a little in recruiting me, though. They aren't sending me as much stuff as they were. But it's not a big deal because I get so much stuff.

"I like DL coach (Jackie) Shipp (asst coach/DL) of Oklahoma. They produce DLs year after year over there. I also think it would be fun to develop as a DT over there.

"Oklahoma State is a consistent team and that has a huge impact. I also get along with coach (Carey) Bailey over there."

Ekom will take his official visits to Miami, Stanford, USC, Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. He plans to make a decision sometime in mid-Jan.

Chaparral won its first game against Shadow Mountain (37-0) last weekend. Ekon had seven tackles and two sacks.

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