Lewisville (Texas) has been in a rebuilding phase ever since longtime Baytown (Texas) Lee head coach Dick Olin took the reins of the Fighting Farmers a few years ago. Now it seems the team might be close to returning to its once proud status.
Helping matters is that fact that Olin has several very talented prospects on his roster. One of the standouts is defensive tackle Scott Ekpe. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defender recently picked up a Big Ten offer.
"I got my first offer from Minnesota," Ekpe said on Friday afternoon. "They offered me right after our spring game which was on May 28. They offered sometime either the next day or the day after that. It was exciting."
In fact, Ekpe did not wait long to make a pledge to the Golden Gophers.
"I committed there," he said of Minnesota. "I called up coach Pat Poore on (June) 8 and talked to him. My coach called him and I told him I wanted to commit.
"That was when I consider that I committed and most of the coaches knew too. I called the head coach yesterday and he already knew so I guess you could say my commitment date was the 8th. It also could have been yesterday. It really doesn't matter, though. I'm committed to Minnesota."
Ekpe says it was an easy decision to make.
"I had already looked up information about them because I have family up there," he said. "My head coach at my school said that would be a good school for me and I liked it too. I decided that's where I wanted to go. They were really interested in me too."
Minnesota has also offered Lewisville running back Roderick Williams and Ekpe plans to spend some time recruiting his teammate.
"The head coach told me yesterday that they had offered Roderick," he said. "I'm going to have to try and get him to go with me up there. He's really good and that would be a great fit for him too."