Only a handful of nationally ranked programs have not offered Indianapolis Cathedral 2018 guard Emil Ekiyor, but even those offers are likely to come in before the 6-foot-2, 349-pounder starts to narrow down his list.
“I would say Clemson and Notre Dame, those two (are showing a lot of interest, but haven’t offered),” Ekiyor told Today’s U. “Notre Dame may be close, they’ve been to my school a lot and Clemson sends me a lot of mail, so I’ve been talking to those two and maybe Ohio State a little bit. I’d probably say Alabama is the biggest one that I want, that and Notre Dame.”
The list of schools that have already offered the 247 Composite 95 four-star — the nation’s fourth-best guard — includes Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA, USC and many others.
“A lot of coaches like my quick feet, my aggressiveness and just being athletic as an offensive lineman and how that translates to the next level,” Ekiyor said. “You’ve got to be able to move well in space and be fast, so that’s a big part of my game.”
So far, two schools are recruiting Ekiyor the hardest.
— Emil Ekiyor Jr. (@bigE__18) July 16, 2016
“I’d probably say Penn State right now is probably recruiting me the hardest, just ’cause I just came from there, but everyone is really doing the same thing, so I can’t really put one out in front of the other,” Ekiyor said.
“Lately I’ve been hearing from Florida the most, they’ve been in contact a lot lately, trying to get me down there. That’s probably who’s recruiting me the hardest.”
— Emil Ekiyor Jr. (@bigE__18) June 29, 2016
In addition to Penn State, the four-star has also taken an unofficial visit to Stanford and has been to Notre Dame for a camp.
“They just have a great combination of athletics and academics,” Ekiyor told Today’s U in reference to Notre Dame. “Being able to go to one of the top schools in the world and still play a high level of football is really intriguing.”
Ekiyor still has a trip planned to the Southeast before he finishes his summer itinerary.
“I’m planning to go to Florida State and Florida next week, so those are the ones I have scheduled right now,” Ekiyor said.
While he still has two seasons of high school football left before he has to make a decision, Ekiyor has an idea of when he will begin to trim his list.
“I want to try to narrow it down before the season starts then go from there and just focus on my season,” Ekiyor said. “Probably the spring after my junior year is when I’ll make a decision.”
What will it take for a program to land the four-star lineman?
“I’m just really looking for a coaching staff that cares about my best interests, a good school that will support me academically and a degree that will carry weight later on in life, a great program, a great coaching staff,” Ekiyor said. “Then, out of the schools that have all that, I’ll see what is the best fit and where I feel the best.”