Ejiofor Commits!

Duke Ejiofor traveled to Winston-Salem over the weekend for an official visit. The result of the visit was Wake Forest receiving a second weekend commitment from the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end/outside linebacker from Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor High School. Ejiofor spoke with DeaconSports.com after his return Sunday evening to the Lone Star State.

"I committed to Coach Grobe while I was there," said Duke Ejiofor. "I loved the atmosphere. The coaches there are caring people. The school offers great academic support that I think will really help me as I get adjusted to college life. I felt comfortable on how they'd take care of me and help me to be successful. All in all, I thought [Wake Forest] is a great fit for me.

"One of the highlights of the visit was getting a chance to tour the stadium. We went all the way to the top and it was an amazing view. The other thing was talking with my players and future teammates. Tylor Harris was my player-host. We automatically hit it off and grew to be friends over the weekend. It was nice they put me with a true freshman. He gave me a good idea on what my first year would be like. It's not easy, but they have a good support system in place to help you to succeed. That was important for me to hear. I spent a lot of time with the head coach and all of the coaches and feel like we have a great connection."

In his senior season at Alief Taylor, Ejiofor made 47 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, and had six pass breakups. He was named one of the top 100 players in the Houston metro area by the Houston Chronicle and 18-5A All-District honorable mention.

"Coach Jackson and Coach McCartney are both great guys," he said. "I'm not sure which one I'll be playing for because they want to see how much more my body will grow. I played mostly with my hand on the ground this season, but I can play outside linebacker standing up. They like my ability to rush the passer and be able to sit back and drop into pass coverage. I like both coaches and feel like we already have a good bond with one another."

Ejiofor runs a 4.53 40 yard dash and has a 39-inch vertical leap. An honor roll student, he hopes to study Biomedical Science in college. Ejiofor traveled to Winston-Salem by himself but Derrick Jackson and Ray McCartney made a recent in-home visit where they met with his family on January 16th.


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