April 25, 2011
Nwafor set to visit Tech soon
Irving (Texas) Cistercian Prep defensive tackle Ikenna Nwafor has recently shown up on Texas Tech's radar and the 2012 prospect is scheduled to be in Lubbock at the beginning of June.
"Yes, sir. That's the plan right now. I'm scheduled to be there the weekend of June 4th," Nwafor said. "I've been talking with Coach Robert Prunty. It's a relatively new relationship that started around a month ago. He's a wonderful guy, a nice guy, and he seems to be really sincere. I call him a lot to check in with him and he seems to actually care about what's going on with me outside of the world of football. Our relationship has been great so far."
Nwafor spent this past weekend in the northeast corner of the country visiting Yale and Columbia. With those two, and Duke, being mentioned as three of the schools he's hearing from the most, it's clear that academics will play a large role in his decision.
"Number one priority is definitely academics. I want to go somewhere that's going to leave me with an opportunity to be successful after I'm done there. I don't necessarily want to go to the most difficult place, academically speaking, but I do want to be somewhere that I'll be challenged," he said. "I also want to be in a program that has a winning attitude and one that isn't used to losing seasons. I'm looking for coaches that are able to build up relationships with players beyond just football as well."
Beyond the June visit to West Texas, the 6-foot-5, 298-pounder has plans to attend a one-day camp at Duke as well as a one-day Tech satellite camp at Coppell High School.
Nwafor is familiar with the Red Raider football program and is anticipating an offer after his visit this summer.
"I know they have a pretty successful program even though they might have struggled somewhat in the past year or two," he said. "They're one of the programs that are on the rise. Just from talking with Coach Prunty I know that they're all really excited about the future of their team and they seem to be on their way to the top."
"I think I have a pretty good chance of getting an offer from them when I visit there in June. I'm looking forward to visiting and learning more about their program."
Aside from Texas Tech, Nwafor has also been shown interest by Baylor, Rice, Stanford, TCU, and Texas A&M among others.
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