The senior, who led the Wildcats to an appearance in the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship, cut his list down to four this fall: Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Oregon and UNC. Ekanem has scheduled visits to Virginia Tech on Jan. 20 and Notre Dame on Jan. 27 and will not be visiting any other schools, according to Centreville Coach Chris Haddock.
“Oregon is off the map,” Haddock said. “It looks like it’s between Tech and Notre Dame.”
Ekanem had 72 tackles,18 sacks and 32 quarterback pressures for the Wildcats, including a 4.5 sack performance in the state semifinals against Hermitage. He also caught eight touchdown passes.
In the state championship, however, Ekanem tore his ACL and meniscus while pulling down the Oscar Smith quarterback six minutes into the game. Ekanem underwent surgery in late December.
Virginia Tech has been making a strong push to sign the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ekanem. Coaches came up to visit with Ekanem the Monday after the state championship, and defensive coordinator Bud Foster and possibly head coach Frank Beamer are expected to visit with Ekanem this week in advance of his visit to Blacksburg.
Meanwhile, the coach who most closely recruited Ekanem at Notre Dame, Charlie Molnar, left the school after accepting the head coaching position at Massachusetts in early December.
Ekanem will announce his decision on National Signing Day during a morning ceremony at Centreville.
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