December 10, 2012

Wake coaches visit Okonye

Derrick Jackson and Tim Duffie made an in-home visit to the Joshua Okonye's residence Thursday, Dec. 6 to meet the Lone Star State product's mother, answering all of her questions and explaining to her how they do things at Wake Forest.

"My mom, she's cool with it now and my dad, he already knows about Wake Forest University and he knows that it's a very prestigious school, so he's happy that they gave me the chance to play football down there," Okonye said. "He's excited and proud of me."

The 6-feet and 185-pound Richmond (Texas) George Ranch cornerback, who committed to Wake Tuesday, Nov. 27, said the visit from Jackson and Duffie put is mother at ease.

"We talked about why they chose me and believed that I was a good fit at Wake and what I liked about the place over there and how the experience has been since I've committed," Okonye said. "They told me that I have a chance to play early, and they believe that I can be good, key part to the team when I get down there and it would be a great place to play football at and they look forward to me coming down there and being a part of the team."

"It feels like we're very close, like family already. It was like an instant bond talking to Coach Duffie and Jackson. I just really look forward to playing for them."

Okonye added Jackson and Duffie's familiarity with Texas helped him in decision-making process.

"It was helpful, because they understood where I was coming from," Okonye said. "They understood how the weather would change and they knew how the transition would be and they explained to me that it's not that bad, because they know how it is down here compared to up there."

"They explained to my mom how they have family down here too and how they're far away in North Carolina, but they're still able to see his family most of the time. It's not like a big deal or too hard to keep in touch with their family."

He plans to make the return trip to Winston-Salem with his parents for the Wake Forest Spring football game.

Okonye will be running the 4x200-meter race and the open 200-meter race, as a member of the George Ranch Track and Field team. He qualified for regionals in both events last year.

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

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