January 21, 2008

Georgia linebacker jumps on board

With Purdue's recruiting class nearly full, Nnamdi Ezenwa didn't waste any time verballing to the Boilermakers upon his official visit to West Lafayette this weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end/linebacker committed to Purdue Sunday, choosing the Boilermakers over offers from North Carolina, Duke and Indiana, among others.

"It's a perfect fit with academics and athletics," said the Ackworth, Ga., native. "… It was a good visit, the football facilities really stood out."

A outside linebacker at North Cobb High School, which was 10-0 this season before losing in the first round of the playoffs, Ezenwa accumulated 80 tackles, 13 for loss, with 5.5 sacks.

Ezenwa said he met with Coach Joe Tiller and his successor, Danny Hope, on his visit, during which the two explained Purdue's succession plan. He said he wants to play linebacker at Purdue, but wouldn't be entirely opposed to a move to D-end.

"They told me they wanted me and I was on the top of their board," he said, "and that I could be a special player for Purdue.

"I'm fast, quick, have a feel for the ball and I like to hit."

The Boilers' recent history of sending linebackers and defensive ends to the NFL - eight such players are now playing in the league - weighed heavily into his decision.

"You get your degree (there)," he said, "and they've sent players to the NFL."

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