November 4, 2013

Spartans looking closely at in-state OL

One of the fastest rising prospects this fall in the state of Michigan is offensive line prospect Chukwuma Okorafor of Southfield High School. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Michigan State is looking to address the offensive line with the addition of at least one more high quality prospect for the class of 2014. Okorafor has emerged as possibly being the player that Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff see as being the right fit. Okorafor recently completed his senior campaign for Southfield High and is now turning his focus toward the recruiting process.

Okorafor made a very early commitment to Western Michigan University this past spring. Since that time he has seen his stock rise significantly as coaches were able to see him perform this fall. Many coaches came to Southfield High School to watch other Division 1 prospects like Lawrence Marshall and Malik McDowell, but came away very impressed with Okorafor. SpartanMag.com asked Okorafor about the teams that have offered and the teams that could be close to extending him a scholarship.

"My latest offers are Bowling Green, Tulane, Arkansas and Florida," he stated. "I am also hearing from Maryland, Indian and Michigan State. Those schools may offer me soon."

What is most impressive about Okorafor is his upside potential. He has only been playing organized football for about 3 years and prior to that he was a soccer player.

Okorafor did not have the opportunity to play American football when he was growing up as his family did not live in the United States. Okorafor and his family moved from Nigeria to the United State back in 2010 and it was shortly afterwards that he began his career on the gridiron.

This past weekend Okorafor was able to travel up to East Lansing to see what it is like at Michigan State University. We asked him about his thoughts on it and the contact he has had with the Spartans staff.

"I liked it a lot, Okorafor stated. "It was a different experience with all of those people at the game. The coaches there are nice. The offensive line coach says he likes me and they are coming to see me later this week."

When we asked Okorafor about the possibility of an offer from Head Coach Mark Dantonio he had the following to say.

"I spoke with him briefly he is supposed to come to my school this week," he said. "I might consider an offer from them."

The Spartans are on a bye week and the coaching staff will be on the road stopping into numerous high schools of top targets for the class of 2014. At a minimum the staff will be looking to build additional rapport with Okorafor and it is possible that he could receive a scholarship.

At this point in time Okorafor still considers himself a Western Michigan commitment, but he also understands the athletic and academic opportunities that could be afforded to him at a schools like Michigan State or Florida.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

Okorafor is someone that Michigan State is very serious about for 2014. I would not be surprised if he stays committed to the Broncos until he decides to take an official visit with his family. That will afford him and his family the opportunity to learn everything they need to know about the schools under consideration.


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