TCU First to Offer '16 OT

Lewisville, TX 2016 offensive lineman Denzel Okafor picked up his first offer on Tuesday night from TCU.

With a limited number of scholarships left for the 2015 class, the TCU coaching staff is already making a big push for some top prospects out of the 2016 class.

Riding a 9-1 season so far, the 2016 class could be a very successful one for the Frogs. The class is already off to a hot start with Brennen Wooten and Jonathan Marshall; both are considered two of the better players in the Lone Star State for next season.

One of the big needs out of next year’s class will be up front along the offensive line. The Frogs have already extended offers to three tackle prospects and are showing interest in several others.

Among the prospects the Frogs have shown recent interest in is Lewisville, Texas tackle Denzel Okafor. The 6-foot-4, 281-pounder has been on the Farmers’ varsity since his sophomore year and is one of the best kept secrets so far for the 2016 class.

TCU, among others, have kept a steady watch on the hidden gem. “TCU is the school that has really showed me a lot of interest,” Okafor said. “I am still being scouted by Baylor, Washington, Northwestern, Purdue and more.”

On Tuesday night, Okafor received the good news that he’d been offered by the Frogs. It was the first of many offers that should head his way throughout the process.

The rising prospect was glad to see his hard work is beginning to pay off.

“I was surprised. Just truly shocked, but at that moment I had thought of all the blessings I had and just all the hard work I had to do to receive such an offer,” Okafor said of receiving the TCU off. “But it's true that hard work pays off. The sky is the limit and that's all I'm reaching for.”

With Lewisville sitting just north of Ft. Worth, Okafor says he’s kept an eye on the Frogs since they joined the Big 12 nearly three years ago.

“As a kid in elementary school I didn't really pay attention to football as much as I do now, but when I started to pay attention to TCU, it was when they got moved into the Big 12 conference about three years ago,” he said. “And by then it was just another Texas school I started to watch.”

Okafor has already made an unofficial visit to TCU this season as he was in attendance during the Frogs’ 42-9 win over then No. 15 Oklahoma State. The visit impressed the big lineman.

“I had a chance to get a tour there field house and it was all just perfect,” Okafor said of the visit.

With other schools showing interest and likely to offer soon, Okafor says he plans to make visits at some point. Whether or not those visits occur during the season has yet to be decided.

“I'm not sure as of right now but my family and I were definitely going to visit some campuses next summer,” he finished.


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