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Monday, December 31, 2012
Ngakoue sets final officials

By Corey Dowlar

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For Yannick Ngakoue, (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy) recruiting is truly hitting the homestretch.

Having only taken one official visit to Maryland so far, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound inside linebacker has plans for three more starting in less than two weeks.

"Florida State on the 11th, and after that I am going to Miami. After that I am going to South Carolina," Ngakoue said of his official visit plans.

Barring an unforeseen entry of a fifth team, Ngakoue is down to the aforementioned schools.

"Maryland, I like how they are coming up and everything," he said. "They are kind of like the underdog. Florida State, I have a good relationship with Coach Sal [Sunseri]. I haven't been down there yet, so I can't really tell you what I like, but I do like Ronald Darby and Eddie Goldman. South Carolina, I have been over there and I like their campus and their academics a lot. I have a good relationship with Coach Mangus. Miami, I haven't been down there, but I have good relationships with some of their coaches."

Florida State's new defensive ends coach, Sal Sunseri, may be a hire that allows them to move into a good position for the three-star linebacker. Ngakoue had a previously existing relationship with the former Tennessee defensive coordinator when he was on Rocky Top.

"He is a real aggressive coach," he said. "I have seen him coach in person when I went on an unofficial visit to Tennessee. I like the way he coaches."

The Seminoles recent success in the Washington, D.C., area helps, too. Darby and Goldman, just freshmen in 2012, are familiar names to Ngakoue.

Having them around could make Tallahassee a little closer to home.

"They are two players that I have worked out with and stuff, so I know them," he said. "It would be more comfortable."

Ngakoue declined to declare a leader, but will make his decision on national signing day.