February 01, 2012
For Ken Ekanem National Signing Day meant the incessant phone calls would finally stop and a huge weight would be removed from his back.
"I've known for a little over a month that I was going to go to Virginia Tech," said Ekanem. "I wanted to take a visit and make sure everything was what I thought it would be. Some schools started backing off because of my knee injury. But even before I got hurt I knew I wanted to go to Virginia Tech. We have a pretty good class and I'm very happy about it."
Ekanem talked about the recovery process his is going through after tearing his ACL.
"I'm doing a lot better and healing pretty fast," said Ekanem. "My quad is progressing very well and everything seems to be ahead of schedule."
Virginia Tech recruited Ekanem, a high school outside linebacker, as a defensive end. The position change does not seem to have affected his recruitment.
"I'm going to play defensive end at Virginia Tech," he said. "I'd like to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Virginia Tech moves their defensive ends around a lot and use them in many different ways."
Overall it has been a great National Signing Day for the Hokies. But Virginia Tech was dealt a blow by one of its most high-profile recruits.
"I thought we had Korren Kirven in the bag but he went to Alabama. I talked Joel Caleb about it last week and he felt good about Korren too," Ekanem explained. "I talked to Korren not too long ago and it seemed like he was leaning Tech's way but I guess he flipped. I heard Nick Saban visited his school and house last week. That's probably why he switched."
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst