Wylie (Texas) made a deep playoff run this past season and, with quite a few of their top players returning, the Pirates could do even more next year. They have one of the stronger junior classes in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Defensive tackle Azuka Akozar plays nosetackle in Wylie's 3-4 defense but the 6-foot-1, 250-pound junior knows he is a better fit as a three-technique. He recently picked up his first offer from an in-state school.
"My coach told me that I got an offer from Houston today," Akozar said on Thursday evening. "They had come by the school before. That's all I really know about. My coach deals with most of that."
Wylie recruiting coordinator Terry Mills says North Texas has also offered. Akozar is also interested in another in-state school and visited for a game this past season.
"I went on an unofficial visit to SMU last semester," he said. "That's the only place I've been so far. I went to a game there around October. It was nice. I enjoyed it a lot. I got there a little late so I didn't really get to talk to the coaches or see all the facilities though."
The athletic defender is hoping to make some more visits this spring.
"I don't have anything set for this semester yet," Akozar said. "I'm planning on going places but I don't know when. I'd like to go see Houston."
Though it is still early in the recruiting process, Akozar says a trio of schools stands out at the moment.
"SMU, I'm interested in them," he said. "They're a school I hope offers. I like SMU, Houston, North Texas and schools like that. I guess I'm hoping to stay relatively close to home."
Akozar was a first-team all-district selection this past season, the only junior defensive lineman in 10-4A to earn such honors. He totaled 45 tackles, including 18 for loss, nine sacks and two forced fumbles.