Wake Forest Joins Pursuit of Gaithersburg DB-RB
Wake Forest was the latest school to come calling about Gaithersburg defensive back-running back Axel Ofori. The 5-10, 185-pound junior holds a scholarship offer from Louisville and has seen a steady stream of visitors during the spring recruiting period. Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Penn State, Connecticut, Rutgers, East Carolina, Temple, Buffalo, Boston College and Ohio U. have all met with Trojans Coach Kreg Kephart to learn about Ofori.
"Wake Forest was in this morning, he really liked him," Kephart said. "West Virginia acted like they might offer him, but who knows. His only solid offer right now is from Louisville, they like him as a defensive back. Temple really liked him as a running back and the guy from Wake liked him on both sides of the ball."
Gaithersburg lineman Jonathan Cortez, at 6-3 and 300 pounds, could wind up being a division I-AA scholarship player, but most teams are waiting to see tapes from his senior season, Kephart said. Outside linebacker Travon Carroll played sparingly last year but "he's really developed in the offseason," Kephart said, noting that the 6-0, 190-pound junior won the Maryland 4A West Region 300-meter hurdles.
Meantime, two Gaithersburg sophomores could wind up getting their share of attention. Quarterback Zach Fetters, at 6-2 and 185 pounds, started the final four games this past season after transferring from Good Counsel over the summer. "He runs a 4.6 40, has a strong arm and is a smart kid," Kephart said. "He's got a lot of potential." And wide receiver Sylvester Oni, at 6-4 and 195 pounds, caught the eye of a coach from North Carolina who passed Oni in the hall recently. "He said, 'Who is that specimen,' " Kephart said. "By the time he's a senior, if he's 225-230, he's going to be a man child. We'll see how he pans out the next year or two. It's always a gamble when you're projecting a kid two years down the road."
| May 21, 2009; 11:43 AM ET
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