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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Texas DE Ejiofor nearing decision?

By Sam Khan Jr.

Former Rice commitment Duke Ejiofor (Houston/Alief Taylor) has several options since recently parting ways with the Owls.

And he's leaning toward one of them with a possible decision coming soon, possibly as early as this weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive end is on an official visit to Wake Forest this weekend after receiving an offer from the Demon Deacons on Jan. 17.

Outside linebackers coach Derrick Jackson and defensive line coach Ray McCartney are leading the recruitment of Ejiofor, who also has offers from Houston, UTSA and UTEP.

"I actually want to make a decision this weekend," Ejiofor said. "They've been basically telling me how it is over there and how great the people are over there so I want to see it all for myself."

When asked if there was a possibility he could commit on his trip if he liked what he saw, Ejiofor said "Yes sir."

Ejiofor said his conversations with the Wake Forest coaches have been positive.

"It's really great," he said. "They basically want me to be an outside linebacker over there. It depends on how much weight I put on. If I can maintain 240-250, I could probably end up being an outside linebacker. If I end up being 260-270, I could probably be like a hand-down d-lineman. I prefer outside linebacker."

He has heard a lot about the campus and is anxious to see it for himself.

"They say the campus is beautiful and the academics are great," he said. "They're going to get somebody to talk to me about my major and see how that fits."

Ejiofor took a visit to Houston last week and also liked what he saw from the Cougars. Receivers coach Brandon Middleton is leading Houston's charge for Ejiofor and has been since August.

"It was good," Ejiofor said of the visit. "I like the academics over there. We went around Reliant Stadium because that's where they'll be playing next year since they're building a new stadium on campus. We took a tour around the campus and see where the freshman football players are going to live and all that great stuff."

UTSA and UTEP continue to keep in contact with him and Tulsa defensive tackles coach Calvin Thibodeaux stopped by the Alief Taylor campus on Thursday to visit with Ejiofor. If he doesn't make a commitment this weekend, he could take an official to one of those three campuses on Feb. 1.

"I told them I'm leaning on Wake Forest right now but it depends on what happens this weekend," Ejiofor said.