Securing a couple of defensive ends will more than likely be a big priority for the Texas coaching staff in 2009, and one of the best was in town last weekend. Pflugerville’s Alex Okafor talked about his visit to the 40 Acres.
“I went down there on Friday,” Alex Okafor said. “At first, we checked in and then got stretched out. Then we went with our position coach and did some individual drills. Then we ate, and last we went to the dome and did some one-on-one drills.”
“I had a good time. It was a good camp,” Okafor added.
This was Okafor’s first visit to the 40 Acres, and he was very impressed with the campus and facilities.
“I had heard that it was nice, but I had to check it out for myself,” Okafor said. “The facilities were really nice. Anything you could think of, they had it.”
Okafor was not the only high profile defensive end at the UT camp on Friday. As soon as Okafor laid eyes on South Grand Prairie’s Randall Dent, he knew that Dent was for real.
“Actually, there was a guy there that I have seen on some of the websites. I had never met him in person. His name was Randall Dent. He was one of the best players there,” Okafor said.
Okafor has also attended camp at Oklahoma State and may go to Rice before the summer draws to a close. How have the visits to Oklahoma State and Texas affected his opinion of the schools?
“I don’t have any favorites, but after visiting Texas, they are definitely in my top five,” Okafor said.
Okafor also mentioned LSU, Miami, Texas A&M, Georgia and Georgia Tech as schools that he has taken interest in.
“I want to stay further down south because I like the warm weather. Those teams usually have good programs. I am looking for a school with good tradition, nice facilities and good coaches,” Okafor said.
One school in particular that Okafor has been familiar with for quite some time is LSU. His cousin, Eric Alexander, played football in Baton Rouge a couple of years ago and now plays for the New England Patriots.