March 11, 2011

Illinois DE interested in Eagles

In order to get more exposure, standout defensive lineman, Faith Ekakitie, left his home in Canada, to attend Lake Forest Academy a boarding school in Lake Forrest, Illinois. Ekakitie originally came to the States to play basketball, but has made a name for himself on the football field. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman has gotten plenty of exposure receiving 18 scholarship offers including one from Boston College.

What does Ekakitie like about BC?

"I know it's a great academic schools and great football tradition. I've heard Boston is a fun area, and a lot of people say I'd like it there," said Ekakitie. "I know they have some good defensive lineman and B.J. Raji graduated from there so that's a plus. I'm trying to figure out how to get up there, so I can check it out for myself."

Any favorites for the standout junior?

"I'm really open right now," said Ekakitie. "I'm from Canada so I didn't grow up with a dream school like some recruits; I'm just looking for the school that is the best fit for me."

Ekakitie says the whole recruiting process has its ups and downs.

"I don't know how you can describe the recruiting process. It's exciting but at the same time, you can't let it get to your head," said Ekakitie. "I know coaches will try and tell you what you want to hear, but not everything that glitters is gold."

Ekakitie is still new to the game of football and had to learn a new position last year. The position change proved to be a good move, Ekakitie ended up his junior season recording 15 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Where will he play in college?

"I started out playing inside linebacker, but I moved to the defensive line for my junior season," said Ekakitie. "I guess schools like my hand on the ground because I am being recruited as either a defensive tackle or end."

What are the most important factors for Ekakitie when looking at a school?

"Academics are a big factor. A good football program and a program that I know the coaches will be there for the next 4-5 years is important," said Ekakitie. "I would like to be at a school that has warm weather but it is not that big deal because I am from Canada. I would also like to be at a school that is close to my family, so my parents can see me."

With only one year of experience on the defensive line, Ekakitie continues to learn the nuances and says he has been trying to study an NFL great.

"I watch a lot of Julius Peppers," said Ekakitie. "I've only played football for a few years, so I try to watch him and pick up on the little things he does like how he gets off the line and attacks the offensive tackles."

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