Georgia Tech has offered a football scholarship to Kene Orjioke, one of the state’s fastest-rising senior prospects.
Orjioke is relatively unknown among college scouts after transferring from California to the Lassiter High School district over the summer. His mother is a doctor. Orjioke is one of the younger players in the 2012 class, as he turned 16 years old in June.
The 6-foot-4 and 217 pounder plays safety for Lassiter High School, and projects to play outside linebacker in college. Ole Miss was the first offer Orjioke, while Georgia Tech joined the sweepstakes on Monday night.
Orjioke quickly caught the attention of college scouts with his physical style of play in Lassiter’s season-opening win over defending Class AAAAA state champion Brookwood in the Corky Kell Classic in the Georgia Dome.
“Kene obviously wasn’t here in the spring when the colleges stopped by our school,” Orjioke said. “After we played in the Dome, we had somebody put together a video and get it out to the colleges. Georgia Tech [assistant Mike Sewak] knew about Kenny because [Sewak’s son] also plays for us at Lassiter.”
What was Kene’s reaction to the offer? “He was very excited and flattered,” Irwin said. “He called and let me know about it. Everything has happened so fast for him. He’s at a new school with new teammates and got a couple of football offers. In California, he played on offense. We had a need for a safety and he filled it. It’s still hard to believe he’s that big and just turned 16 years old in June.”
Orjioke was born in Nigeria, and has lived in Australia, California and Chicago, among other places. “He has a tremendous upside in football,” Irwin said. “He’s only played one game for us, but he has showed that he loves contact since he began practice with us. He has a nice burst of speed. I know academics are important to him and his family. He’s a great kid from a great family.”
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