2017 Contra Costa DT Mike Ihejeto talks recruiting and what he's been up to this offseason so far

As a freshman last fall, 2017 Contra Costa DT Mike Ihejeto (6-2, 280) was a key player up front for the Comets and he's started to attract the attention of several four-year programs...

"I can play both the nose and the three-tech, but at the next level, I'm a three-tech," Ihejeto told JCFootball.com. "I like too use my hands a lot, especially when I see a drive play happening. I like to separate and shed the offensive lineman and go make the play. I also like to hold my ground, make a pile and try to create gaps for my linebackers when I'm double-teamed."

Playing into the Comets' defensive line rotation last fall, Ihejeto finished with 15 tackles, two sacks and three tackles-for-loss.

While those are solid numbers, Ihejeto wants his contributions to be even larger in scale and he's been working this offseason to realize that vision.

"This offseason, my main focus is on getting bigger -- at least 285lbs -- and also working on my hip flexibility," Ihejeto noted. "I also am working on being able to watch film properly and know every detail of the offensive lineman I am going up against."

Recruiting has barely gotten started for the versatile player, but more schools have started to take notice over the past couple of months.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have been talking to UCF, Northern Arizona, Texas A&M Kingsville and Hawaii," Ihejeto said. 

As a prep at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, California, Ihejeto was unable to get qualified for a scholarship, so he decided to join Contra Costa as they continue to build their program into a winner, year in and year out.

"I chose Contra Costa because of coach (Alonzo) Carter," Ihejeto recalled. "He's a good coach and has gotten a lot of players out in the past six years he's been here, so I wanted to play under him. I also chose it because I wanted to be somewhere different, in a different environment and atmosphere, to get out of my comfort zone."

Ihejeto is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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