One Offer So Far for Charles Ofili

Quickness, more than speed, is an attribute that an interior defensive lineman needs to be successful and New Mexico Military Institute defensive tackle Charles Ofili (6-4, 283) has that and more. "I use my quickness and strength to get the advantage over the offensive lineman I go up against," Ofili told

"I'm working even harder on my strength, but I have pretty long arms so my bench isn't where I want it to be.  I bench about 310, but I'm working on that this summer and I plan on it being even better come fall and then when I go to a four-year school.

"I run a 5.45 forty, but I play quick and since I play one-technique from the nose guard spot, my job is to hold up and get some penetration anyway."

Ofili, who was a full-qualifier, posted solid numbers coming out of Eisenhower High School in Houston, but only received a scholarship offer from a Division two school out of Jacksonville, Florida to play ball.

"I was asked to walk on at a few schools, but I didn't want to do that," Ofili said.  "I had an offer from New Mexico Military to come here and play and possibly earn a scholarship to a four-year, so I decided to do that instead of going to Edward Waters College.

"I think I should have some good choices when I finally finish up here."

After posting solid numbers for the Broncos as a freshman (41 tackles in 11 games) Ofili started hearing from New Mexico State and they recently stepped up with an offer.  However, another school would have to be considered a place that Ofili would look at very seriously if they decided to offer.

"Baylor has been talking to me pretty seriously about getting me an offer," Ofili said. "They would be great to go to because it would be close to home and my friends and family could see me.

"I really don't care that much about where I play though.  If I got a good offer from an east coast school I would go there.  It's wherever I would have the best opportunity, that's where I'll go."

Ofili plans to major in Psychiatry and will have three years to play two after graduating this December.


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