Okafor watches SMU victory

Okafor watches SMU victory

SMU's offensive line of the future is shaping up nicely with a talented group of pledges committed in the 2011 recruiting class. There's still a couple of spots up for grabs and Sunnyvale's Emeka Okafor is receiving steady interest from Mustangs OL coach Adrian Klemm. What did Okafor think about the SMU game?

"It was really fun and I had a really good time," said the articulate Emeka Okafor on Sunday evening, a little over 24 hours after the Sunnyvale senior witnessed SMU's 35-21 win over Washington State. "I went with a group of friends to the game.

"Coach Klemm is still on the trail, recruiting me. I have an offer from North Texas and I'm hearing from Rice, SMU, UTEP, and Texas Tech.

"I'd say that SMU is in the middle when it comes to the amount of interest they're showing - in comparison to the other schools. They're not as hardcore as Rice, but they're also not on the other end (of the spectrum)."

Speaking of SMU and Texas Tech, Okafor paid close attention to the season opener for both teams, which was played on national television.

"Oh, yeah," he emphatically stated. "I watched the game and SMU turned it into a shootout. I thought the Mustangs were going to end up winning it."

Okafor's school, Sunnyvale, has already equaled last year's win total and the outlook is bright for the fledgling Class 2A program to make the playoffs this fall. Okafor and his teammates, 2-7 a year ago, are currently 2-1 on the season.

"This was our bye week," said Okafor, "and next week, we have a two-hour drive to Moody. We're doing pretty good. We need to work on our consistency.

"At one point, our offense was ranked among the leaders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but after our last game (14-7 loss to Tom Bean), I think we've dropped out."

Okafor logs time on both the offensive and defensive lines, but he doesn't pay attention to his individual statistics.

"Honestly, I don't keep up with it," he said.

In other words, coaches never have to be concerned about Okafor's willingness to be a team player.

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