INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – According to offensive tackle Emil Ekiyor, the 2015 season is a considerable step in the right direction for Cathedral. With a 6-2 mark this season, the Fighting Irish have qualified for the playoffs and the elite sophomore lineman sees development across the board.
“It’s been really good,” Ekiyor told Today’s U. “It’s a big improvement from last year. We are doing really well this season and I have seen a lot of improvement in my game. I’m playing with a little bit more confidence and I can see the improvements I made in the offseason.”
Standing at 6’3” and 285-pounds, Ekiyor is rated as the No. 4 offensive guard in the country by 247Sports.com, but it looks as if he could play anywhere across the line. Right now, Ekiyor is strictly a tackle, but many colleges project his talent at guard.
“I would say that I’m a physical run blocker,” Ekiyor said. “I have good footwork and I can move well in space.”
With good footwork and build for a prospect in the 2018 class, Ekiyor has already received offers from Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Tennessee and USF. Ekiyor will be visiting the Wolverines’ campus this week when Michigan hosts Michigan State and discussed his past visit to Michigan for a spring practice earlier this year.
“I had went there for a spring practice and it was at the end of practice,” Ekiyor said. “We went down to talk to the offensive line coach and he just let me know that they had offered me.
“Watching the practice was really interesting to see how Jim Harbaugh would try to change the program around and his new style, so that was interesting to see. Also I got to watch the offensive line up close and see how coach Drevno coaches. That was really good for me.”
As for this weekend, the sophomore recruit said he would be focusing on how Michigan’s offense operates against Michigan State.
“Just to see how the play and their style of offensive and how it fits me,” Ekiyor said. “They’ve been doing really good this season, so hopefully they keep it up.”
Ekiyor, who also plans on visiting Georgia in the future, touched on the state of his recruitment overall.
“My recruitment has been okay,” Ekiyor said. “I have eight offers right now. I have a couple more schools interested in me, so I would say it’s been going really well.”
As for which programs could be next to join the fray and extend a scholarship, Ekiyor indicated four programs that could fit the bill.
“Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State,” Ekiyor said. “I have been to Notre Dame and Ohio State already.”
With the Buckeyes showing a high level of interest in one of the Midwest’s top tackles, Ekiyor reflected on his visit to Ohio State’s campus.
“The visit was, it was nice,” Ekiyor said. “It gave me a chance to see the facilities, talk to some coaches and players, so it gave me a good feel for their program.”
Ekiyor also enjoyed his trip to Notre Dame, a storied program that appears to have resonated with the four-star prospect.
“The Notre Dame visit went really well,” Ekiyor said. “I got to talk to some coaches also and I got to experience a lot of their game day traditions. Plus I got to be on the field too, so it was a really good experience.”
This past weekend, Ekiyor took a visit to Tennessee and witnessed a dazzling 38-31 victory over Georgia. This visit helped solidify Ekiyor’s positive relationship with Tennessee’s staff.
“Coach [Steve] Stripling, the defensive line coach, is my primary recruiter,” Ekiyor said. “My relationship with the staff is really good. I really like all their coaches, especially coach [Butch] Jones. He’s a really great guy. I really got a good feel for the coaching staff while I was there.”
Click here to watch Ekiyor’s highlighs against Brebeuf Jesuit Prep from earlier this season.