By Gabriel Stovall
RIVERDALE, Ga. — It looks like Duke is getting some company in the Chidi Okonya sweepstakes.
Okonya, the consensus 4-star defensive end prospect out of Riverdale High School opted out of his verbal pledge to Tennessee Sunday evening, sparking speculation about his future college football plans.
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound senior has been fairly quiet regarding his decision to de-commit from Tennessee, and he’s been even more tight-lipped about where he may now be considering, but Riverdale coach Terry Herrod confirmed Okonya’s plans to visit Duke this weekend — a school that became Okonya’s first official offer back when he was a sophomore.
Then on Wednesday, Herrod confirmed via text message that his defensive star has slated an official visit to Notre Dame January 15 through 17.
So far, those are the known schools that Okonya seems to be most interested in, although he received over 20 offers from Division I schools during his initial recruitment process, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him take more visits before National Signing Day on February 4.
Wherever he lands, the rangy and athletic player will be quite the last minute coup. Okonya finished his 2015 season with four sacks, 53 tackles, seven tackles for losses, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, helping Riverdale to a 5-5 year in Herrod’s third season as coach.
Okonya will likely need to add weight to his frame in order to stay on the defensive line in college, but even as an undersized guy, his speed, quickness and football acumen should cause him to be quite the contributor at the next level.
Stay tuned to thecrescentbuzz.com for more updates on Okonya’s recruiting process.