Football Recruiting

Alex Okafor Makes 16

The Texas coaching staff made it clear to Alex Okafor during his junior day visit that he was the number one target at defensive end. At the time, the Pflugerville product still wanted to check out several schools before pulling the trigger on a commitment. Okafor traveled back to Austin on Saturday and left as the 16th member of Texas’ 2009 class.
Alex Okafor traveled to Austin on Saturday for a scrimmage with the feeling that Texas might just be the right place for him. After the visit concluded, he knew exactly where he wanted to play his college ball.

“After I visited all the places that I was still considering, I sat down at home with my parents, and I kind of felt like Texas was the right place for me. When I went up there today, I was 100 percent sure,” Okafor said.

Okafor had been focusing on Texas, LSU and Stanford for quite sometime. He was looking for a good mix of academics and athletics and felt like the Longhorns offered the best of both worlds.

“Really, Texas had the best combination between academics, first of all, and just winning,” Okafor said. “You never know when Texas is going to be in a BCS game or even the national championship. Also, the campus life and everything just fit me well.”

Okafor got a chance to speak with the majority of the Texas coaching staff during his visit, and his decision actually surprised Mack Brown.

“When I committed, everybody was excited. It was a great moment,” Okafor said. “They basically told me that they have a lot of ends graduating when I come up there, so they plan on getting me in right away, putting me in the weight room and hopefully being able to use me.”

“Mack Brown was telling me some things about the school and about academics,” Okafor added. “He let me know that they really wanted me, and I kind of caught him off guard with my commitment today. He was just happy afterwards.”

Texas now has 16 verbal commitments from the 2009 class and Okafor thinks the Longhorns could be very dangerous down the road.

“As far as talent goes, I think we could have one of the best classes in the nation,” Okafor said. “Even if we’re not ranked that high, I definitely feel that we’ve got the talent. ’09, I think it’s going to be something special.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Okafor recorded 72 tackles to go along with seven sacks during Pflugerville High School’s run to the 5A state title game.