Recruits React: Victor Ojukwu

The news reported on Claremont (Calif.) High School senior Ifeanyi Victor Ojukwu has been a little thin, so it is time we check on the latest with the linebacker recruit. He updates on his communications and status with Stanford, as well as his official visit and decision plans. Ojukwu also tells us that there may be another position he could play for the Cardinal in college.

Claremont (Calif.) High School linebacker Victor Ojukwu (6-1, 200) still holds a Stanford offer, but like many of the other prospects the Cardinal have extended scholarship offers to, he's waiting to see who is hired as the new football coach before proceeding in his recruitment.

"I talked to the recruiting coordinator [Nate Nelson] and he said everything is probably going to still stand with my offer," says Ojukwu.  "Before everything happened, I was supposed to be visiting there on January 12.  I don't know if I have to change it, but I'm still planning to visit Stanford."

Also remaining in limbo is Ojukwu's standing with admissions at Stanford.

"I don't know when that word is coming in," Ojukwu admits.  "The whole coaching change may have messed them up, but it should be up now."

Ojukwu said he wasn't worried about his admittance, not with a 4.2 weighted GPA (which includes four honors and AP classes this fall) and a 2040 on the SAT.

"Stanford is still one of my top two choices.  I'm looking at the Ivy Leagues, too.  Harvard is bringing me in on the 5th of January and Yale is bringing me in on the 19th of January," offers Ojukwu, whose brother Randy is a running back with the Crimson.

In fact, Randy Ojukwu has remained relatively mum in pushing his brother any place, particularly to Harvard.

"He'd like it if I came, but he's not pushing me any direction or pushing me to make a decision," the younger Ojukwu says.  "My family is really letting me make the decision on this one.  They'll support me wherever I go."

With the Stanford visit sandwiched between the trips to Harvard and Yale, Ojukwu says a decision shouldn't take too much time after that.

"After I take my trip out to Yale, I'll make my decision," the SoCal prospect projects.

Ojukwu has the size to play safety, though he played linebacker for Claremont.  Stanford is looking at him primarily as a backer, but the secondary could ultimately be where he ends up.

"They like me as a linebacker, but they're toying with the idea of me playing safety," Ojukwu says.

This fall, Victor Ojukwu had 80 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, one which he took back for a touchdown.

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