TX DE earns WFU offer; Set to visit

Wake Forest recruit Brad Watson was hoping more players from the Lone Star State would be a part of this year's class. He may just get his wish. The Demon Deacon staff offered Duke Ejiofor on Thursday night. The 6-foo-4, 218-pound defensive end from Alief Taylor High School in Houston spoke to DeaconSports.com on his new offer.

"Last night I had an in-home visit with Coach Jackson and Coach McCartney," said Duke Ejiofor. "They elaborated to me more about Wake Forest and what the school's atmosphere is like. I'm going to find out for myself next weekend when I take my official visit.

"Coach Jackson called me tonight and let me know I had an offer. He told me they really like my athleticism and my academics. It was big for them to see I can stay focused on being a good student and football player at the same time."

This was Ejiofor first year as a starter for the Alief Taylor Lions who play in Texas 5A Division 1. He made the most of it and was named as one of the top 100 football recruits in the area by the Houston Chronicle at season's end.

"I played on varsity but this year my first year as a starter," Ejiofor said. "I recorded 47 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and had six pass breakups. I have pretty good arm length and a high vertical so I was able to leap over almost all of the offensive linemen I faced. My other strengths [at defensive end] are speed coming off the line and I bend well."

His hometown school, the University of Houston, is also heavily pursing Ejiofor. He plans to visit there and maybe make one other visit besides Wake Forest before he's ready to make his decision.

"I've got my official visit to Houston this weekend," he said. "Then I'll go to Wake Forest. I'd like to make one last visit to either Kansas or TCU. I'll probably be ready to decide by late January or early February. For me, it's going to come down to where I think I'd fit in the best. I'd like to go to college where I'll have the best chance to be successful both on the field and in the classroom."

Ejiofor was also named All-District (Texas 5A Region III District 18) honorable mention in 2012. In the spring, he plans on using his vertical leaping abilities to compete in the high jump. This Alief Taylor class has five, possibly six, players heading to play Division 1 football after high school. You can bet opposing coaches won't miss the defensive line of Torrodney Prevot (USC), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Oklahoma) and Duke Ejiofor next season.

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