March 1, 2011

BC recruiting me hard

The Eagles have had some of the best linebackers in the country over the last few years because of their ability to pull top out-of-state talents like Mark Herzlich (Wayne, Pa.) and Luke Kuechly (Cincinnati, Ohio). This off-season the coaching staff has set their sights on 2012 linebacker Ken Ekanem from Clifton (Va.) Centreville. What intrigues Ekanem about Boston College?

"I know Boston College has a good history of producing top linebackers," said Ekanem. "I haven't visited there so it is one of the campuses I want to check out this spring or summer when I am visiting schools."

The 6-foot-3, 226-pound linebacker has taken a much different approach to recruiting then most prospects.

"My high school coach and I decided it would be a good idea for me to call coaches from different schools one day a week," said Ekanem. "It gives me a chance to talk to them and get a feel for them and their schools. I know it's going to be a lot more stressful next year, so I figured this would be a good way to get some of it out of the way and take some of that pressure off."

What his last call to Boston College like?

"I usually talk to my recruiting coach, Coach Siravo, we talked a couple weeks back on national signing day," said Ekanem. "I got a chance to talk to a couple of the coaches and Coach Spaz. I got to learn a little bit about each of them so that was good."

Ekanem just received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt making it his seventh, to go along with his offers from BC, Duke, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Any favorites to this point?

"Not really, I am trying to keep an open mind," said Ekanem, "I would say Maryland, Virginia Tech and BC are the schools recruiting me the hardest."

What factors are most important to Ekanem?

"Graduation rate, recruiting class, tradition, campus, business program- I want to major in business, and the coaches," said Ekanem.

As a junior Ekanem racked up 75 tackles and 17 sacks as a defensive lineman for his high school team, what do coaches plan to do with Ekanem at the next level?

"Most teams have said that they are going to put me at linebacker, but at times I will have my hand in the dirt as a pass rusher. Some schools have also talked about putting me at tight end."

The standout athlete said he just finished up his basketball season and is already starting his off-season workouts.

"I am starting an off-season workout program with Bhawoh Juo. He played in the NFL for a couple of years," said Ekanem. "We will be doing a lot of lifting, running and agility drills."

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