June 5, 2012
3-Star CB picks up offer from Black Knights
The Army coaching staff has not sat back padding themselves on the back for a job well done relative to the recruiting success they had with the incoming 2012 class. Ellerson and his crew continue to dig deep for the type of talent that matches up to the level of football expectation, but also academically with the potential to become the best that West Point can offer.
It has and always will be a unique blend of talent where a high schooler represents such a package, but this staff seems to have that 6th sense, along with just working very hard to find such prospects.
3-star cornerback Charles Okonkwo easily fits the mold and has the recent Army offer to prove it.
"Actually, I talked to Coach Saadat (Payam) about a couple of weeks ago when he visited my school," shares the 6-foot-1, 175 pound prospect out of Fontana (Calif.) Summit High School. "I was interested, so I emailed him and he got back to me, that's when he told me I had an offer from Army on the table. I was very excited."
In addition to the Black Knights, Okonkwo has offers from Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, along with a few others as talked about the potential of any favorites.
"Right now with all my offers, everyone is even right now," says Okonkwo, who received his offer from Army a couple of days ago and had this to offer about the Black Knights.
"I'm very interested in Army because I know all about how they are and how they can build me into a leader. West Point is a really really good school. I really don't mind playing on the East Coast, I just really want to play .... I don't care if it's close to home or not. I think I'm going to try to plan a visit to come out there this summer."
Last season he had 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recovers, where he played strictly defense in 2011, but according to Okonkwo he will see some reps at wide receiver this season.
Needless to say, the fleet footed corner is hoping that he and his teammates have the same level of success in 2012 as they did last year where they won the California Southern, Eastern (VIII) State Championship and finished with a 13-1 record.
In addition to football, Okonkwo has put up effective numbers on the track as well, where he runs the 400M (PR 50.1) and 400x4.
But it doesn't stop there for the student-athlete, who excels in the classroom and maintains a 3.6 GPA. "I'm looking for great academics which is top priority for me," says Okonkwo, who also says that he just as capable of locking down receivers as he is locking down his academics.
"Yes, my style is a true lock down corner and I think I play like Asante Samuels (Atlanta Falcons)," he adds.
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