Monday, April 15, 2013
DE Emesibe picks up first three offers
By Brandon P. Oliver
As often happens, the first offer issued to a recruit creates some momentum and others follow suit once one team pulls the trigger.
Defensive end Kennedy Emesibe (Hester, Calif./Oak Hills) is learning that first hand as he not only picked up his first offer last weekend from Cal, but added offers from Colorado State and Washington State a couple of days later.
"The Cal offer came last Sunday and it felt good to get that first offer," Emesibe said. "Colorado State offered me on Tuesday and the Washington State offer came on Wednesday."
After a solid showing at the Los Angeles NFTC, Emesibe's name started coming up more often, and for good reason. In addition to the three schools that offered, Auburn, Kansas State, Oregon, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington all increased their interest in the talented defender. While none of those schools have offered yet, the communication between their coaches and Emesibe continues. Oregon has reached out to Emesibe's coach and told him they will be by the school next month to see him in action during spring practices
"I exchange a lot of messages with Oregon on Facebook. Coach Aiken and Coach Fisher are showing me a lot of interest right now," Emesibe said. "I talk to a lot of schools almost every day. I probably hear from Colorado State the most right now, so overall it's going really well."
Washington linebackers coach Peter Sirmon is leading the charge for the Huskies as they like the athletic Emesibe as a potential outside linebacker. Other than the Huskies, San Diego State is the only other school recruiting him at linebacker. The rest like his abilities as a defensive end. Several schools have reached out to the 6-foot-4, 236-pound defensive end in hopes of getting him on campus in order to evaluate him in person during their camps.
"Some of the schools want me to visit before they offer me, but I don't know if I'll be able to take any visits anytime soon," Emesibe said. "Auburn wants me to come to their camp, but Auburn is all the way across the country, so I don't know if that is going to happen."
After seeing his brother -- now a walk-on at UCLA -- go through the process and being mostly overlooked, the much bigger younger brother is just excited to have the opportunity to be recruited. With that, he is taking the approach that any coach or school that can reach out and show an interest in him deserves the same in return.
"Right now, every school is at the same level for me," Emesibe said. "It's nice to have three offers now, but I'm just going through the process and trying to build a relationship with anyone that shows interest in me."