Imeokparia taking it slow

At one time, 6-foot-0, 188-pound athlete Ed Imeokparia planned to get a commitment out of the way before the beginning of the 2008 season. Now the Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy prospect plans to wait.
"I really haven't been talking to too many people since the text messaging ban started," he said. "I wanted to get a commitment out of the way, but now I don't want to close the door on some other opportunities. I'm going to let it go a little longer.
"I haven't even started to narrow my list at this time. There's really no set date on anything. All the schools that have offered me have a chance and then there are a few on the outside too."
A number of schools are staying in touch with the three-star prospect.
"I'm still getting stuff from Florida," he said. "They liked what they saw at the Friday Night Lights camp in July. Tennessee has been in contact along with Rutgers and then Miami and Ohio State have come on too. I'm just going to see what happens with those schools.
"All of them basically are asking that I keep my options open and give them a shot. They don't want me to close the door because there is the possibility they'll offer."
Imeokparia claims there are no favorites. What does he want in a college?
"I just want that perfect fit, it's hard to explain," he said. "I want to go to a place I'm comfortable at and when I commit I don't have plans to decommit. I want my decision to be final."
The No. 70 athlete in the country claims he also hasn't begun to consider visits, but plans to take all five officials.
In the meantime, Imeokparia is preparing for the upcoming season.
"I'm just training now and my goal is to go out with a bang," he said. "We start late up here and start practice in about a week. We open the season on the 15th of September.
"This may have been my best offseason. I've improved my quickness, speed and strength."