Top Junior Prospect Updates Recruitment

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One of only two non-seniors to make the 2010 Washington Post first-team all-metro defensive squad, Centreville (Clifton, VA) defensive end Ken Ekanem enjoyed big-time success this season. The 6-3, 230-pound prospect, described as a “rangy edge rusher” by the WP, has three FBS offers in the fold, including one from the University of Virginia.

Boston College and Duke have also offered Ekanem, who was excited to be named to the all-metro team.

“That was a big honor for me. I’m the first junior in Centreville High School history to get the first team,” said Ekanem, who had 75 tackles with 17 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2010, helping the Wildcats to a 9-3 record that included an appearance in the Group AAA, Division 6, Northern Region semifinals. He totaled 18 quarterback pressures as well.

< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>“It was cool hanging out with the other players for a good two hours and asking them how the season went. I saw big Cyrus [Kouandjio], who is just huge.”

Virginia has been in hot pursuit of the versatile Ekanem, who plays defensive end and tight end in high school but is being recruited by many schools, including UVa, to play linebacker.

“Coach Moore and Coach Poindexter I’ve talked to. I’ve talked to Coach London,” Ekanem said. “I made it down for the game against UNC. I like Coach London a lot. They are going to be a really good football team in a couple of years. I’m really considering them.”

Coach London, Coach Moore and Coach Poindexter touched base with the talented athlete at the UNC game.

“I actually made it to the game early,” the Centreville product recalled. “I made it and talked to Coach London a good 10 minutes. He’s a pretty cool guy. I also talked to Coach Moore and the defensive line coach and Coach Poindexter. They all said they were happy to see me. They told me they had been keeping up with my season.”

Other college interest has come from Penn State and N.C. State. Maryland had offered prior to Ralph Friedgen’s dismissal, and Pitt had shown interest prior to Dave Wannstedt’s resignation. This month, Duke and N.C. State were represented at Centreville High School.

In addition to a Virginia home game, Ekanem