Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 LB Ekwonu Gets Feel for ND and Lea

June 12, 2017

2019 Providence Day (N.C.) linebacker Osita Ekwonu made his way to South Bend from Charlotte for Irish Invasion over the weekend. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder enjoyed his first Notre Dame experience and got some quality time with the staff.

“It was a great experience,” Ekwonu told Irish Sports Daily. “I had a lot of fun and met a lot of the coaches.”

The junior prospect spent most of his time with linebackers coach Clark Lea, and it was a worthwhile camp as Ekwonu learned a lot during the camp.  

“Coach Lea taught me a lot about how to play my position better and how to drive to cover ground better,” stated Ekwonu. “He explained how to pick up my intensity too.”

Irish Invasion is a great chance for coaches to evaluate prospects, but it’s also an opportunity for prospects to see what the coaches are like on the field.  

“I can see myself playing and getting coached by Coach Lea,” explained Ekwonu. “He’s a great coach, very easy to work with and teaches in a way that is easy to understand.”

Lea made sure to cover everything with Ekwonu before and after the camp, which made a big impact on the Charlotte native.  

“I spoke with him a little bit before and a decent amount after the camp,” Ekwonu said. “I plan to speak to him on Sunday too. He enjoyed watching me practice and do drills. He gave me a few more coaching points from what he saw at the camp.”

It was a quick trip but Ekwonu liked what he saw on campus, and the Irish are likely a school he will give a hard look at if an offer comes.   

“I got a quick glimpse of the some of the campus while we were walking to the stadium,” Ekwonu stated. “It’s an amazing campus. It felt really big from what I saw, and there were a lot of old school buildings.

“It was definitely worth the trip. I learned a lot of new things that I plan to incorporate into my junior season. I am glad I came up for the camp.”

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