Okonye talks WFU commitment

After taking an official visit to Wake Forest over the weekend and subsequently receiving an offer, Joshua Okonye is a Demon Deacon. The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back from George Ranch High School in the Houston area gave his verbal commitment to Wake Forest assistant coach, Tim Duffie, Tuesday afternoon.

"Coach Duffie showed up at my school and asked me if I was ready to be a Deacon," said Joshua Okonye. "I told him I was ready and shook his hand. I was with my head coach when I did it.

"During the visit I got to know the team. They talked and interacted with me as if I was already part of the program. The coaches did too. I fell in love with the place."

Wake Forest brought in Marquel Lee from Maryland, an outside linebacker who committed in October, and Okonye for the season finale with Vanderbilt.

"It was great," said Okonye on the visit. "My player-host was Ryan Janvion. We ate dinner with the players and coaches at the Deacon Towers. Afterward, we went back to the hotel for team activities like board games and watched movies. That's when I really got to bond with the team.

"The next day we toured the campus. I loved the game day atmosphere. I made the trip with my father. He really loved Wake Forest. He knows a lot about the school and how prestigious their academics are. He also loved how the coaches treated me like family as soon I we got there."

Okonye, who plays at a school that opened 2010 and just began a full varsity schedule this season, sees himself making great strides at Wake Forest under the guidance of his future position coach.

"Coach Duffie easy to get along with," he said. "He's a fun guy, but also a role model. I believe I'll make tremendous improvements playing for him. When he offered me, he said it was more than just about football. He said I was a five-star character athlete in the way I acted. While he considers me a talented cornerback, he believes I'm even better as a person."

Okonye held one other offer from McNeese State and was scheduled to take an official visit to New Mexico this weekend prior to his commitment to Wake Forest.

In their first year in Texas 4A, the George Ranch Longhorns finished a respectable 5-5 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. Okonye held top wide receiver prospect, Derrick Griffin, to zero catches when the Longhorns played Terry in week six. Although this is the first varsity squad at George Ranch, Okonye has played in the Longhorn program since his sophomore year.

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