On The Line

Two linemen from the heart of Big XII country are scheduled to make their way to West Virginia for the final one-day football camp of the summer.

Azuka Akozar and Noble Nwachukwu of Wylie (Tex.) High School are making the trip to WVU for its final; camp on July 30th, an the former said that both have specific items on their agenda for the visit.

"I've never been there before, and I want to see the atmosphere of the school and the city," Akozar said. "I want to check out the facilities, and see what the team is like. Is it like family? Are they close? Do they hang out together? And I want to meet the coaches and the players."

Akozar, who will travel with his father and his brother, along with Nwachukwu, is another of the lengthy list of players who have been talking with new WVU assistant Doran Roberts.

"He's very cool, and a smart guy," Akozar said of Roberts. He's very articulate, and even though we've just been talking for a little while, he has been like a mentor to me. West Virginia first started recruiting me in May, when they came down to Wylie. I wasn't able to play in the spring because I had a sprained ankle, but he came in and talked to Noble and me, and that led to this visit."

Akozar has offers from Air Force, Houston and WVU, and also strong interest from Rice, which he believes would have offered him had he attended their camp. For now, the Owls and Mountaineers are atop his list.

"It's possible that I might commit on the trip," he said of WVU.

Might Nwachukwu follow suit?

"We haven't talked a lot about playing together, but we are good friends," he said of his teammate. "It's not like it's a 'must' or a definite thing, but it would be nice."

On the field, the stocky Akozar plays nose for Wylie, but could play defensive tack;e as well as well. He has a low base, and uses a good start to defeat opposing blockers.

"My first step is one of the best things about my game," he said. "I have long arms and I can use them to my advantage. I get off the ball quickly, and I think I could play either nose or a three technique (defensive tackle) in college. Wherever the coaches want me to play, I think I can help."

As a junior, Akozar recorded eight sacks and 75 tackles, and hopes to break into the double digit mark in sacks as a senior.


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