Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Nnadi talks Virginia schools and more
By Dave Hooker
Derrick Nnadi just laughs off the pressure from his friend who just happens to be a highly rated prospect.
"I try to avoid him," the defensive tackle from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes joked when asked about his weekly workouts with five-star Virginia safety Quin Blanding from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside.
Don't get Nnadi wrong. Blanding, isn't obnoxious. He's just persistent. Since committing to Virginia in February, Blanding, who is the No. 11 prospect in the ESPN 150, has been trying to get Nnadi to join him.
"Oh my goodness," the four-star Nnadi said with a chuckle. "He's probably the biggest recruiter I've ever met."
Yet Nnadi, who is rated the No. 8 prospect in Virginia, doesn't hold the Cavaliers in contempt because of Blanding's urging. Virginia actually seems to be in quite good shape.
Nnadi has visited the campus in Charlottesville a handful of times. The most recent came when Nnadi was in attendance for Virginia's spring game in April. Nnadi said he knows several current Cavaliers from his high school days.
"It's like a family reunion when I go down there," the 6-foot-1, 299-pound Nnadi said. "It's a real nice place."
Nnadi said he received his scholarship offer from Virginia in 10th grade. He now has approximately 15 scholarship offers.
"I kind of have a list in my mind," Nnadi said when asked of his favorite schools. "If I stay in-state it would be UVA or Virginia Tech. Out-of-state, there's Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State."
When asked if he's leaning towards staying in-state or leaving the Commonwealth, Nnadi said, "I'm not completely sure right not. I like schools in-state but I'm trying to see if any out-of-state schools can make me a better person."
Nnadi said he has no timeframe for his decision. He registered 167 tackles last season including 13 sacks.