May 16, 2011

Oregon to get visit from Ekanem

The momentum Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has going in Eugene can likely be felt all across the country. Coming off the heals of a last second loss in the BCS national championship game and a top 10 ranked recruiting class for 2011 Oregon's coaches are pushing hard to fill the 2012 class with even more talent. One recruiting that has caught the attention of Duck's linebackers coach Don Pellum is 6-foot-3, 236 pound Ken Ekanem. Duck Sports Authority recently spoke with Ekanem about Don Pellum and the Oregon Ducks.

"Coach Pellum came down to my school and said (Oregon) was going to offer me," Ekanem said.

"I like him a lot. He told me a lot about the position I would play, like the 3-4 linebacker. I love that position. Sometimes I put my hand on the ground and sometimes I drop back into coverage."

Pellum gave the verbal offer to the Clifton, VA linebacker on Monday according to Ekanem and he says that was enough to ensure an official trip out to Eugene.

"Oregon is definitely getting one of my official visits but I'm not sure about the other ones.

"I love the coaches," continued Ekanem. "Chip Kelly is a players coach. I like the 3-4 scheme and how they win without great players and that's because of good coaching. They only had one player go in the draft. That has a lot to say about them."

Ekanem has grabbed up double digit offers already and would like to get a few more. Georgia, Florida and Arkansas are a few teams that have yet to contact him that he is interested in. As for the home state Virginia Cavaliers they have offered him and he says there is a lot to like.

"I like what they are doing with their coaches and rebuilding the program," explained Ekanem. "Coach London is a great coach. I feel like they are going to be really good in a couple of years. They have a good academic system and they are close to home."

Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech are a few of the schools that have also offered Ekanem and although he says that he is trying to keep an open mind to all schools he did share with DSA a couple of teams that are near the top.

"I'm trying to stay open minded about stuff right now but Oregon's up there, Virginia and Virginia Tech but I'm really trying to stay open minded."

The Virginia native agrees that staying close to home would be a plus but he won't rule out schools because of distance either. He will decide after he takes all 5 of his official visits and then make his choice.

"If a college feels like home I'll go. It doesn't matter where it is."

Ekanem will take his time to make a decision that is right for him and Duck Sports Authority will be there to bring you the latest.

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