Defensive end Jason Ankrah stands as perhaps the new mold of Husker defensive ends, the Bo Pelini…
Spartans Looking East For Defensive Line
Michigan State, along with another dozen teams, has an offer on the table for 4-star defensive end Jason Ankrah. The highly pursued student-athlete from Maryland is not afraid to travel far from home to play college ball and told GSN he'd be willing to look at MSU as a final destination. "I might use one of my officials there," he said. Some east coast teams are pushing very hard for Ankrah, who stands 6-foot-4, weighs 250-pounds and runs a 4.79 in the 40. He squats nearly 500-pounds and bench presses 305. "Recruiting me the hardest, I would say it's between Maryland and Virginia Tech," he said. Other schools with offers on the table include Illinois, Nebraska, West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina State. What is he looking for in his university experience? "In a school, I look for somewhere I fit in," he said. That includes finding a way onto the playing field early, which he says is also important. "The people around it (the program) are humble," he continued. "The football team fits my type of play, the education there is at a high level and somewhere I can get my degree." What exactly is his style of play? "Not to be bundled and head-up on the tackle," Ankrah said. "I like to be out is space … or a nine-technique." Ankrah plans on keeping in shape throughout the summer and narrowing down the list of schools that interest him with his coach in the near future. That will help him decide where he wants to take his official visits. He's also working on improving his grades, to make sure he meets NCAA Clearinghouse regulations. Next season, Ankrah sees himself as a leader on his Quince Orchard High School team, the defending state champions. And the target they'll wear on their backs all season doesn't bother him one bit. "That makes it even better that everyone wants a piece of us," he said.
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