Houston Bellaire defensive end Joesph Okafor has already made a name for himself on both the football field and the basketball court. With his sophomore year coming to a close, the 2010 recruit has already started to focus on recruiting. In fact, he already has a top five.
At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Joseph Okafor has the size to dominate on both the gridiron and the hardwood. However, it appears that his future is in football. As a sophomore, he earned Second Team All-District honors.
“I wouldn’t mind playing both football and basketball, but I’ve talked to some guys that have done it and they said it wasn’t a good idea because they interfere with each other. I’m leaning towards football,” Okafor said.
From all indications, sticking with football should be a very good decision for Okafor. Several coaches have already stopped by to check out his game during spring practice at Bellaire High School. UCLA and Oklahoma have already made the trip to Houston.
“UCLA, Oklahoma and Rice,” Okafor said when asked who had come by during spring practice. “Texas was supposed to come down, but we ended up cutting practice short so they didn’t get to come down.”
It’s still very early in the recruiting process for the other members of the 2010 class, but Okafor isn’t wasting any time. Okafor has already established a top five, but he isn’t ruling anyone out either.
“UCLA, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma,” Okafor said when asked about his top five.
What makes these schools so special?
UCLA: “I like the location and the weather. I also like the system they run.”
Texas: “I like that Texas produces a lot of defensive linemen that go to the NFL.”
Oklahoma: “They recruit a lot of kids from Texas, and I know a lot of people up there.”
Florida: “I like their defense. I liked their defensive line this year.”
Michigan: “I just like their defense.”
Okafor mentioned that he would likely camp at UCLA, Texas and Oklahoma over the summer and might also try to take a trip to Florida.