Yannick Ngakoue of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy is attracting the attention of some heavy hitters like Michigan, Florida, Maryland, Florida State, Tennessee and West Virginia. Since he did not visit many schools for their Junior Day's, Ngakoue has shifted his focus to visiting schools for their spring games.
"I went to Maryland's junior day and they offered me there," he said. "It was pretty cool. I got to go to their locker room and see their uniforms. I talked to Coach Edsall for awhile and he was telling me about their academics. I really like the people there and the way their education program sounds. The uniforms are pretty unique and I really like that stuff."
Ngakoue is hoping to hit up several spring games in the coming months.
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"I want to go to spring games at West Virginia, Florida State, Tennessee, NC State and North Carolina," said the 6-foot-2, 226-pound Ngakoue. "There could be a few more, but I'm still planning these."
The four-star linebacker, who said he is doing defensive back workouts to improve his speed and coverage abilities, is in close contact with all the schools that have offered him, but admits that a few schools have been especially persistent.
"I've been talking to West Virginia, UConn, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida State a lot," he said. "I don't have any schools that standout to me yet. All of these schools are in the same boat right now."
Clearly Ngakoue, who plans on majoring in veterinary studies, has spent time determining how he will choose which school he will attend.
"I look at the depth chart, the linebackers and how old they are," Ngakoue explained. "Also, who the school has been recruiting at my position will play into my decision. I don't want to go to a school just because of the name. I want to go to a school where I can get some playing time as a freshman and in the next three years have a chance to start. I'd like to be close to my mom, but I'm going to choose the school I'm most comfortable at."
Ngakoue, who started playing football in the 6th grade, knows that his high school team will have high expectations this fall.
"We've got a bit of an all-star team," said Ngakoue. "I'm pretty sure we're going to have a good season. We just have so many good players and with us pushing each other in practice we can get better and better. Once we do that, there's no way we should lose."
Ngakoue will also attend the upcoming VTO Camps/Rivals.com Elite 100 Camp in Virginia.