Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley athlete Ebenezer Makinde is one of the state's top two way standouts. Makinde, who is one of the nation's top long jumpers has decided to end the recruiting process early and will play his college ball for Boise State.
Makinde, 5-10, 170 pounds played in just five games as a junior after breaking his wrist. He still rushed for 260 yards and three touchdowns to go with 15 tackles and one interception on defense.
Schools were recruiting Makinde as a receiver and cornerback but he'll play on the defensive side of the ball for the Broncos.
"I committed earlier today," Makinde said. "I've been thinking about it for awhile and I'm excited about my decision. I really prayed about this and just felt like Boise State was the right place for me. I liked Coach Huff a lot and the whole coaching staff at Boise State really treated me well.
"My family liked the school a lot and it's a great football program. I had offers from Wyoming and Air Force and was also hearing some from Arizona and Arizona State but I wanted to commit early and felt like Boise State was the place where I was the most comfortable. I've never been on campus before but I'm going to camp with them next month so I'll have a chance to get a better idea of what the school looks like and meet everyone there."
In addition to football, Makinde is a 23' long jumper and is regarded as one of the top 10 returning jumpers in the nation.
"They told me I could double sport if I wanted to but I haven't really thought about it," Makinde said. "I'll just play it by ear. Football is my top sport but they said they have some football players who are also in track there so if I decided to do both, they're fine with it."