December 2, 2007
Imeokparia talks Spartan visit
SpartanMag.com caught up with Ed Imeokparia earlier today of Blair Academy in New Jersey. The 6-foot-0, 195-pound athlete recruit took an official visit to Michigan State this weekend and we asked him about the trip?
"I had a real good time," he said. "I am on my way back to the airport right now, but Michigan State is definitely a school I am looking closely at. I got a lot of my questions answered and I like what Michigan State has to offer."
Imeokparia is listed as a 3-star athlete recruit in the rivals.com database and he could project on either side of the ball in college. He indicated that the Spartans see him more as a defensive back recruit. The fact that he is being recruited by defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi would see to support that assesment.
Imeokparia attends Blair Academy which is a prestigious prep school in New Jersey. We asked him about his season this fall and his academic status.
"The team had a great year," Imeokparia said. "We only lost one game all year. I think I played well, I made a lot of plays on offense and defense so I was happy with my performance. I have met my academic requirements so I will be able to enroll at a school in January."
Did the fact that he really enjoyed his visit to Michiagn State make him think about committing?
"Michigan State really impressed me. I plan on talking a few more visits, but the bar was set pretty high this weekend," Imeokparia said.
Impeokparia currently has scholarships from Boston College, Minnesota, Purdue, Cincinnati and Wake Forest among others. Ironically, it could be a situation where two of the teams he is seriously looking at meet on the field in a bowl game.
"Yes the players were talking about that," he said. "That would be cool if Michigan State and Boston College end up playing each other."
Imeokparia's host for his visit to Michigan State was starting defnsive tackle Justin Kershaw.
SpartanMag.com has personally scouted Imeokparia the past few years. We saw him play in high school before switched to Blair Academy. We also saw him perform at two separate NIKE Camps. The one thing Imeokparia has that can't be taught is speed. He clocked a 4.41 forty at the NIKE in 2006. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 400+ participants.
Imeokparia indicated that Michigan State will be visiting him later this week. Imeokparia indicated that he wants to take additional visits. Michigan State is in a position where they have a lot of prospects that would like to have that last defensive backs scholarship or two. It will be interesting to see how things play out over the coming weeks.
SpartanMag.com will have more on Imeokparia and his recruitment very soon. We also plan on getting updated highlight film and will have the loaded onto the site in the near future.
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