2012 DE is high on Longhorns

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson High defensive end Victor Irokansi is being heavily recruited by almost every school in the state of Texas. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defender talked to LonghornDigest about his feelings towards the Longhorns, as well as his summer and his upcoming junior season. Check out the update below for the inside scoop!

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson High defensive end Victor Irokansi is being pursued by programs all around the country, especially in the state of Texas. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defender has been hearing from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice and SMU. Out-of-state programs expressing interest include big-time schools such as LSU, Oregon, UCLA and Nebraska.

He currently holds no scholarship offers, but a couple of schools might be close to pulling the trigger.

"I think Baylor and Rice are close to offering me. I went up to Baylor's camp and it went real well up there. Rice is close too, but I still have to take my SAT first. They are a real big academic school."

Irokansi is still in the early stages of his recruitment, but admits that the Longhorns have always been his favorite team since he was growing up.

"I was born in Austin. I've always known they have the best campus and facilities. I'm a Longhorn fan so I know a lot about them. Texas is home for me. I'm one of those guys that if they offered, I'd jump on it. I'd commit on the spot, there'd be no questions asked."

Irokansi traveled to Austin in June for an un-official visit and got a chance to check out the campus and talk with the coaching staff.

"I visited Texas in June on the last day of one of their three day camps. Coach (Oscar) Giles showed me around the whole place and told me they are very interested in me and they'd be watching me this season. They really said it really all depends on what I do this year. If I have the junior year they expect me to have I'll get an offer in February."

Despite favoring the Longhorns since he was a kid, Irokansi claims that he is currently keeping his options open.

He also visited Texas A&M, Rice, SMU and Baylor and this summer to participate in their camps.

"I went to Texas A&M, Rice and SMU for their camps. I have been hearing from the schools in Texas more than anyone, so I decided to go to those camps."

Irokansi has been focused on preparing himself for his upcoming junior season the entire summer. There are a few specific parts of his game he would like to improve on before the fall officially arrives.

"I'm trying to focus on putting on weight while maintaining my explosiveness. I'm working on my hand placement, footwork and my hips too. That is the foundation to having a great year."

Irokansi hopes to improve on his sophomore performance and grab the attention of coaches and scouts across the nation.

"I want to get anywhere from 10-20 sacks. I want to have a year that will put me on top of the lists, like the Scout.com top 100. I'm trying to have a year like that, a crazy year like 20 sacks. I'm really trying to blow up this year."

The Pflugerville defensive end plans visiting Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor this fall to check out some games. He currently has a 3.4 GPA and is taking honors and AP classes.

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