U-Day Delayed

Today is a big day for Stanford Sports. Men's Basketball is traveling across the Bay to hostile Haas Pavilion for a big showdown with Cal. The women welcome #14 Boston College to Maples Pavilion for a nationally hyped matchup. But many Cardinalmaniacs had this day circled for the televised announcement of five-star defensive tackle recruit <b>Ekom Udofia</b>... which has now changed.

You've waited more than two years to learn where Ekom Udofia will attend school and play college football, and now you have to wait a little while longer.  The five-star defensive tackle called The Bootleg this morning to inform us that his plan of announcing his commitment today on national television at the U.S. Army All-American Game has changed.

"I've decided to wait it out a couple more weeks," he declares.  "I'm having second thoughts about my decision, which is natural."

Udofia arrived in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American festivities on Wednesday and reported to Scout.com that his list of five schools where he took official visits was down to three.  The 300-plus pound pass rusher says today all three of those schools - Stanford, USC and Miami - are still on his mind.  He had a leaning of where he might commit this week but as of this morning felt the weight of the decision and could not feel completely sure of it.

"I want to make sure I'm solid when I make my announcement," the Scottsdale (Ariz.) standout explains.  "Since I'm not, I need to take a little more time.  I want to take time to think about it, pray about it, and talk with my family."

Ranked the #1 player in the state of Arizona this year by Scout.com, the #7 player in the Southwest and the #49 overall recruit in America, Udofia is a huge catch for whoever lands him.  The explosive athlete is not letting on where he was or is leaning, but there is one clue that might offer optimism to the fans and coaches of one school.  The last in-home visits that Udofia entertained last week were Stanford head coach Walt Harris and Miami head coach Larry Coker.  The Chaparral High School senior says that USC will be the first school to come see him after this weekend.

Some observers have wondered if Udofia has known where he will attend school and prolonged his announcement for the attention it brings, but the decision to not announce today underscores the true conflict and introspection that the Arizona athlete is still undergoing.  He decided when he was a junior in high school that he would announce at this U.S. Army All-American Game.  That plan has been firm ever since, so Udofia pulling out of today's opportunity to declare his college intentions on national television tells us that he has some legwork still to go in this decision.

We will continue to keep in touch with Udofia and bring you all his latest as he searches for more answers these next couple weeks before Signing Day.

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