Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral defensive tackle Ekom Udofia made his announcement on national television today, choosing between the Miami Hurricanes, USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal. Who won out for his services?
"I committed to Stanford," said the 6-foot-1, 288-pounder. "I like what Stanford has to offer athletically and academically and it was the best fit for me overall. It allows me to play close enough to home, to play against top competition and to get a first-rate degree. I also like the coaches there and the opportunity."
Udofia, who has a 4.1 GPA, had a chance to play for a national title as soon as next year.
"I like the situation at Stanford," he said. "Coach Harris has shown he can lead a team to the BCS and they need impact players. I'm hoping I can be one of the guys that turns it around."
The big tackle, who put up an amazing 48 reps on the bench press at the NIKE Camp in Palo Alto this past spring, is recovering from a horrific injury in which he broke his leg in three places and also tore up his knee.
"I'm ahead of schedule for rehab they tell me," he said. "They didn't think I'd be ready until May but I am doing much better than expected. I will be 100-percent by the beginning of the summer and ready to go next year."
He becomes the fourth four-star lineman to commit to the Cardinal.