November 27, 2012

Okonye chooses Black and Gold

Richmond (Texas) George Ranch cornerback Joshua Okonye committed to Wake Forest Tuesday, Nov. 27 after a great official visit there Saturday, Nov. 24.

"It feels great," Okonye said. "As soon as I got there the teammates they started welcoming me and I felt, just had a feeling of being at home. I love the campus. I had a great vibe on the campus with the teammates. They're easy to talk to."

"We had fun. We clicked as soon as I got there, and I like the coaching staff. The coaching staff was real fun. They're real welcoming. We felt like family as soon as I got there, and when I was in the meetings with them I felt like I was already on the team. I just had a feeling it was the right place for me to go."

Ryan Janvion was Okonye's host during his official visit.

"He seemed just like me in many ways," Okonye said. "He was calm. He had a good head on his shoulders. He seemed like a very good player. He's a smart athlete. He seems like he has a good work-ethic. He seems similar to me. I liked being with him. It was like being with someone like me, so it was like a friend."

Tim Duffie and Derrick Jackson recruited Okonye for the Demon Deacons.

"I love the relationship with them [Duffie and Jackson]," Okonye said. "As soon as I started talking with Coach Duffie and Jackson it felt like they've been my coaches for years. They were so easy to talk to. It was like they have been coaching me for a while already."

He chose Wake Forest over a scholarship offer from McNeese State. Okonye was also receiving interest from Harvard, Houston and New Mexico.

Okonye said he will most likely not take visits to other schools, and that his commitment to Wake is very strong.

"I like the coaching staff over there," Okonye said. "I like how they are very family-oriented, and the whole team it's not just like a bunch of individuals. As soon as I said I committed I already had people from North Carolina and my teammates congratulating me, welcoming me."

He amassed 40 tackles to help lead George Ranch to a 5-5 record in the school's first season of varsity football.

"I think being a cornerback is more than just having the attributes, the speed and the quickness," Okonye said. "You also need a certain mindset, and you also need heart and determination to help get through adversity. If you get beat on a play by a receiver you don't just keep your head down you go to the next play and forget about it and go at it again."

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