'07 Unwrapped: Victor Ojukwu

Each year there are some "sleeper" prospects who Stanford identifies and offers early, yet their recruiting profile remains dormant. The Cardinal collected one such player at linebacker last year in Southern California and may do so again with Ifeanyi (Victor) Ojukwu. The senior from Claremont High School does, however, have a brother back East, which could affect his college outlook.

With his older brother Randy playing running back at Harvard, it is no surprise that Claremont (Calif.) High School senior linebacker Victor Ojukwu (6-1, 200) has an affinity for the Ivy League.

In fact much of the Ivy League is recruiting him, along with Washington, Ole Miss and Arizona, yet Stanford was the first school to offer Ojukwu.

"They offered me a while ago," Ojukwu reports.  "They sent me an application to get started on, and I have already turned in the first part and am about to turn in the second part.  I'm definitely working hard on it.  It's a long application."

Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth have been the Ivy League schools showing the most interest in him, and while he holds the Stanford offer, he admits there is a pull to Harvard.

"I'm not really sure yet of who a favorite is.  I'm just keeping all of my options open," Ojukwu opines.  "But I'm pulling more to the Ivy League since my brother is out there."

Ojukwu does however say that he was impressed with Stanford's campus and coach Buzz Preston, who has been the chief recruiter for him.

"I talked to Coach Preston and he said that they like me as a linebacker," Ojukwu adds.  "I've been all over the place this year, from safety to lining up as a defensive end.  But linebacker is where I think I'll end up in college."

Ojukwu visited Stanford unofficially this summer and says he anticipates going there again this fall, as well as heading back east to visit some of the Ivies.

"By the end of my season I'll decide where and when I'm going to visit," Ojukwu says.

Academically, Ojukwu has a 4.2 weighted GPA, and this fall he is taking four honors and AP classes.  He scored a 2040 on the SAT when he took it in the spring.

"Education is important to me," Ojukwu states.  "This is going to come down to the best education for me.  My parents have pretty much left it up to me to decide.  My brother, he really wouldn't care either way if I came to Harvard, but it would be cool."

Through the first three games of his senior season, Victor Ojukwu has 31 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble that he recovered and took in for a touchdown.  Claremont is off to a 1-2 start.


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