Speedy Floridian Has A Duke Offer; Big Interest

Speedy Floridian Has A Duke Offer; Big Interest

When first preparing to speak with Ochuko Jenije the first problem you encounter is how to pronounce his name. And while that has proven difficult for a number of interviewers, it's nothing compared to opponents' difficulty keeping up with him between the lines as the speedy wide receiver and defensive back for Tallahassee's North Florida Christian has game-breaking ability.

A terrific athlete, who is hearing from any number of elite programs on any given day, Ochuko Jenije (pronounced "Oh-chewk-oo" "Jen-a-jay") is a three sport star for NFC, excelling on the basketball court and baseball diamond. But it's on the football field where the 6'0, 175 pounder, who has been clocked with a 4.4 forty time, has made his mark so far.

"Right now I've got offers from Iowa State, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Rutgers. I'm also getting heavy interest from Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, and LSU."

Quite a healthy list for any prospect, but do any of the schools stand out at this point to "Chuko" (pronounced chew-ko)?

"I'd have to say that my top five are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and LSU," said Jenije. "But at this point I'm open to listening to everyone."

The son of Nigerian immigrants, Jenije says he's looking for any number of factors when making his decision, and so are his parents.

"My parents are really pushing the education aspect of it, and I'm beginning to really see why. It's very important. I'm also looking to go somewhere that I can get on the field and help the team early on. The other thing that will factor in is team prestige."

Though he plays both receiver and defensive back for NFC, Jenije is being primarily recruited as a DB by each program, something that is just fine with him.

"That doesn't matter to me at all," says Jenije of where he lines up. "If I'm going to be a defensive back I need to work on tackling to be come a big time hitter. But I'm looking forward to improving there."

That kind of work ethic has served him well as he's worked through the early stages of his football career, and will likely serve him well as he moves forward.

"I just really love the game and try to play with a real passion. I just hate to lose. I can't stand it. God has given me a lot of speed to work with, and I try to use that when I'm playing along with all of my other gifts."

Jenije adds that he expects to take all five official visits before announcing his commitment before signing day.

For more, check out Ochuko Jenije's profile from Scout.com.

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