One of the hottest prospects on the west coast hails from Sacramento and he was the main reason why Sacramento (Calif.) Natomas was the destination of over 50 D-I schools this past May.
Emeka Nnoli (6-1 ½, 225) is the lighting rod that has electrified schools coast-to-coast.
It is easy to see why this talented football player has caused such immense attention by recruiters. He has the ability to be a major impact player as either a fullback or linebacker on the collegiate level due to his size, speed and quickness. However, Nnoli prefers fullback.
Nnoli runs a legit 4.65 forty and that time has improved every year. Many think Nnoli will get his time down to the 4.5 range by the time he gets to college. He was one of the standouts at the Nike camp held at Stanford last May.
Nnoli recorded a terrific 4.09 shuttle run. He benched 185 pounds, 25 times and registered a 33 ½ vertical jump. His max on the bench is 325 and he squats 480. Believe it or not, Nnoli has only been lifting since June of 2001. The potential just oozes out of this guy.
“Everybody who has seen Emeka said they will offer,” Natomas head coach Terry Stark said. “Emeka could end up getting over 50 offers.”
One group of schools that Nnoli hasn’t heard from but would like to is the big three from Florida (Miami, Florida & FSU). Nnoli would especially like to hear from Miami. You become the flavor of the month when you win National Championships.
Nnoli currently has offers from Stanford, USC and Cal. Notre Dame, Washington, Oregon and Wisconsin are set to the next schools to propose an offer.
The scary thing is Nnoli hasn’t played a lot football yet. His junior season was essentially his first on the gridiron. Nnoli’s parents are immigrants from Nigeria and they wanted to make sure his education was on firm footing before he was allowed to play.
Much to the chagrin of the opposition, Nnoli played and played he did. He rushed for 1,720 yards and 24 touchdowns while averaging 11 yards per carry. On defense as a linebacker, Nnoli had approximately 55 tackles and he returned one fumble recovery for a touchdown. He was honored all-state and all-league for his efforts as a junior.
USC assistant coach Tim Davis told Coach Stark that “Emeka is like Ron Dayne was in high school.” Davis should know. His previous stop was coaching with Barry Alvarez and the Wisconsin Badgers.
Stanford and USC are recruiting this versatile talent the hardest with Stanford leading with USC a close second.