Irving (Texas) Cistercian defensive tackle Ikenna Nwafor hails from a small private school that is not a traditional powerhouse. In fact, the Hawks finished this past season with a 1-9 record. However, that has not stopped the 6-foot-5, 298-pound junior from gaining notice.
Despite the school not having produced a top recruit in quite some time, coaches have made their way to see Nwafor. Recently he picked up his first offer from a Pac-12 program.
"I just got an offer from the University of Arizona," Nwafor said on Monday afternoon. "This is our second week of spring ball and Arizona came by last week and saw me."
Several other coaches have made the trip to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to see Nwafor as well. He feels he could be closing in on some other offers as well.
"There have been a lot of other coaches by the school too," he said. "Some others might be close to offering. Obviously Texas Tech is one of them. Purdue is really close. Oklahoma State, Illinois and (Texas) A&M could be too. I've talked to coaches from all those places."
Nwafor has made a couple of campus visits but they were to a couple of surprising destinations. He will make some other trips in the near future as well.
"I went on a trip to Columbia and Yale," he said. "They gave me non-scholarship offers. I'm still in the process of planning my summer schedule but I know I'm for sure going to Tech on June 11. I'm also going to their camp on June 4 at Coppell."
For the time being, Nwafor says it is too early to name a favorite.
"Not really," he said. "I like them all a lot. Each one has something different right now to offer me. I'm going to have to think about it later on in the process to decide what I really, really want and then make my decision."