Lewisville (Texas) is trying to build on a 3-7 season from a year ago and the Fighting Farmers got off to a good start this weekend with a 32-14 win over Grand Prairie. One of the standouts in the victory was defensive end Hendrick Ekpe.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior was an honorable mention all-district selection a year ago and looks primed for a breakout season this year. He is already receiving attention from colleges, though.
"I've been hearing some from Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Minnesota," Ekpe said. "I don't have any offers yet but those are the schools that are talking to me the most. They came to my spring game.
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"I also went to Houston's camp. That's the only one I was able to make it to this summer. It went well. We did some drills and they seemed to like me."
Ekpe's older brother, defensive tackle Scott Ekpe, is currently committed to Minnesota and the younger brother says he is fond of the Big Ten school as well.
"I've talked to the Minnesota coaches," he said. "I think very highly of them. They are good coaches and it's a good school."
Several other programs have caught Ekpe's eye as well.
"I'd like to hear from some schools closer to home too," he said. "Somewhere like a Baylor or SMU, that would interest me a lot too."
One of Ekpe's strengths is his quickness off the ball and it could translate to a possible position change at the next level.
"They're looking at me as a defensive end," he said, "but they're also looking at me possibly as an outside linebacker. I don't play linebacker for my high school though; just d-end."
Though the Ekpe brothers say they are not a package deal, Hendrick admits that it is an intriguing possibility to join Scott together again college. It is something that Scott frequently mentions.
"Yes sir, [Scott] tries to talk to me about it," he said. "He wants me to go there. The coaches try and talk to me about joining him too. I'm going to make my own decision but (Scott going to Minnesota) will play somewhat of a factor in my decision."