Centreville All-Met DL Ken Ekanem tore his ACL in the Virginia AAA Div. 6 championship, but remains a top recruit. (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Ekanem was hurt six minutes into the game as he dragged down the Oscar Smith quarterback in the backfield. Ekanem left and did not return, standing on the sideline with a large brace on his leg during the second half.

An MRI showed that Ekanem had torn his ACL and meniscus. Surgery is scheduled for Dec. 29.

“He’s already started rehabbing to get his range of motion back so they can do surgery a little easier,” Wildcats Coach Chris Haddock said. “He’s rehabbing a couple times a day with our training staff and he’s got a good head about him. He knows that he’s still going to have a good future. So far most colleges that he’s been interested in have stopped in and expressed that they’re not going to lose interest in him or anything of that nature.”

Ekanem had been scheduled to take a visit to Notre Dame last weekend but pushed the visit back to the end of January. He is also scheduled to visit Virginia Tech on Jan. 20.

Visits to his two other top choices, Oregon and North Carolina, have not been set up yet.

Ekanem racked up 72 tackles, 18 sacks and 32 quarterback pressures in his senior season, including an especially dominant performance in the state semifinals. He also caught eight touchdown passes.