Okoroha still considering the Cuse

One of the highest rated players on Syracuse's 2008 football recruiting board is Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) safety Okechuckwu Okoroha. Syracusefan.com caught up with the four-star safety recently for the latest on his recruitment.


One of the highest rated players on Syracuse's 2008 football recruiting board is Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) safety Okechuckwu Okoroha. Syracusefan.com caught up with the four-star safety recently for the latest on his recruitment.

"I didn't narrow it down yet," said Okoroha, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder rated the No. 17 safety in the country by Scout.com. It's still the schools that have offered me."

Syracuse is joined by a bevy of major programs in the recruitment of ‘O.' Maryland, Penn State, Wake Forest, North Carolina and North Carolina State have all made inroads with the bright student-athlete, among others.

"I've been talking with coach Chris White but have not found time to make it up there. He's a down to earth guy, real straightforward, a straight shooter," said Okoroha. "I think Syracuse is a good program, a rising program."

Okoroha is blessed with an excellent combination of size, speed and intelligence. He had 43 tackles and four interceptions last year and helped lead Roosevelt's defense to seven shutouts.

His plan is to continue evaluating all of his options and cut his list down to a manageable number toward the beginning of this season, and then take all of his official visits. He plans to commit on National Signing Day. Syracuse is also recruiting his teammate and close friend, outside linebacker Dalonte Wallace, but has not offered Wallace yet.

"We talk about [possibly playing together in college]. If we get that chance to do so, we're going to try to make it happen. If not, we'll do what's best for both of us," Okoroha said.

What is he looking for in a college?

"First, academics. A high graduation rate and they have to support my major, which is Kinesiology," he said. "And the depth chart, and the kind of people that I'll be associated with."

Roosevelt coach Rick Houchens has guided many highly sought players through the recruiting process, so Okoroha has plenty of support there.

"He tells me to take my time and make sure I do the right thing because this is my future," Okoroha said. "At the end of the day, no matter how many offers you get, you can only choose one."

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