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Centreville All-Met DE Ken Ekanem picks Virginia Tech

Centerville's Ken Ekanem, who played tight end and defensive end in high school., appears poised to take his football talents to Blacksburg. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Ekanem had narrowed his list of more than 20 schools down to two last week, with Notre Dame the other finalist, .

“I had a lot of fun,” Ekanem told The Post of his visit to Blacksburg last month. “I got a better understanding of how they used their defensive ends. I wanted to know if they were dropping them back or standing them up, which I want to do in college. They do that, so it’s good.”

Ekanem has had a tumultuous final few months to his recruitment. Coaching changes after the season at three of his finalists — North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pitt — involved his recruiters. And Ekanem tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the Wildcats’ loss in the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship.

“The injury made [Notre Dame] very cautious,” Haddock said. “And Virginia Tech was not cautious at all.”

Ekanem had 72 tackles, 18 sacks and 32 quarterback pressures for the Wildcats. His move during the season to a hybrid linebacker role showcased Ekanem’s potential as a pass rusher. He also caught eight touchdown passes.

Ekanem will announce his choice on National Signing Day at 9 a.m. The announcement will be streamed live by at the following URL:


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