January 18, 2013

Wake goes in-home with Ejiofor

Wake Forest assistant coaches Derrick Jackson and Ray McCartney ventured to the Lone Star State for an in-home visit with Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor's Duke Ejiofor Wednesday, Jan. 16.

"They just shared with me and my family about their campus and about their football team and how North Carolina is," Ejiofor said. "They were just telling me how I fit in well with Wake Forest as a student athlete, and they believe I can succeed as long as I stay focused and do my work."

"I'm taking a visit to Houston this week, and I'm trying to take a visit to Kansas or [one to] UTSA [if it's] possible or TCU."

Ejiofor, who began to hear from the Demon Deacons two weeks ago, will take an official visit to Wake Forest Friday, Jan. 25.

"I'm trying to take time to see how the campus is, how the environment is and how I fit in their defense and meet the coaching staff and players and see how I fit," Ejiofor said. "Right now I'm pretty high on Wake Forest. They're really high on my list."

He added the Deacs are leading in his recruitment.

Ejiofor plans to commit to a school after he takes his visits by the end of the month or the beginning of February before National Signing Day.

He is looking for a school that offers a great education, and is a place he can succeed academically and athletically.

Ejiofor said he can see himself playing for Jackson and McCartney.

"We have a very great relationship," Ejiofor said. "My parents and them bond well too."

The 6-foot-4 and 218-pound Texan, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, is a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid type of player, making him an exceptional pass-rusher.

"They [Jackson and McCartney] want me to play both, like I can sometimes be a hand-down lineman or I can be a stand-up outside linebacker and I can rush the passer or drop into coverage."

"I always wanted to be a stand-up guy to drop into coverage or go after the quarterback. They said depending on how big I get if I can maintain to 240 to 250 I can permanently end up being a linebacker or I if end up being 260, 270 I'll probably be a defensive end."

Ejiofor added his strengths are his speed and ability against offensive linemen. He uses his long arms to create separation from blockers.

He plans to commit to a school after he takes his visits by the end of the month or the beginning of February before National Signing Day.

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