Catching Up With Alex Okafor

Alex Okafor's senior campaign ended sooner than he would have liked after his Pflugerville Panthers finished its season at 8-3, bowing out of the playoffs in the first round to Smithson Valley. The standout defensive end and Texas commit had a tremendous senior season. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Okafor about his senior year and his plans for the future.

University of Texas four star commit, defensive end Alex Okafor just wrapped up his senior season with a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs. Despite the disappointing end, Okafor posted a tremendous season, but he was still hurting from the final game.

"It hurts. I feel for our seniors that won't play again," said Okafor, "the wind was horrible and we couldn't get on track on offense."

When asked about his improvement during his senior year, Okafor pointed to his overall strength as a major factor.

"I gained some weight – good weight. I played at 240 this season where as last year I played at 225. The extra strength helped me push around offensive linemen," Okafor added.

Okafor was a 14-5A unanimous all-district pick in 2007 as a junior after recording 72 tackles and five sacks. Okafor will likely be a consensus district pick again and his play this year could very likely warrant an All State selection.

Despite the early exit from the playoffs, Okafor is ready to get right back at it on the football field.

"Now that my football season is over, I can't wait until I get to head to college to start playing again," said Okafor.

Okafor confirmed to Burnt Orange Beat that he is going to enroll at the University of Texas in January. But before he moves down to Austin, he is going to take his official visit and play in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio.

"I am going to take my official visit in December for the banquet weekend. Coach Giles keeps saying that the coaches can't wait until I get down there." said Okafor.

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