November 9, 2008

Nebraska impresses Ankrah

Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah has long been listed as a heavy Penn State lean. However, following his official visit to Nebraska this past weekend, the Nittany Lions have some serious competition.

"I loved my visit," said the 6-foot-4, 248-pounder. "Nebraska was different but in a really good way. It felt like home to me and I didn't really expect that. I liked the coaches, the players were really cool to hang out with, the facilities were amazing and the depth chart looks good to me. I had a great visit."

Ankrah, who has take an official visit to Michigan and an unofficial to Penn State this season, loved the way Nebraska made him feel.

"I felt the love and have from the start with them," he said. "They've been recruiting me so hard and I spent more than an hour with Bo Pelini talking about the program and the school. And coach Papuchis is a great guy. They will have a couple of seniors and a junior next year at defensive end and the rest will be freshmen so there's a good opportunity there. And my host, Pierre Allen, is a defensive end there and really likes it."

Ankrah was a bit concerned about the distance from home but isn't anymore.

"It's far away, but I feel comfortable enough where I could see myself playing there," he said. "I would put them up there with Penn State now as my leaders."

Next up for the Rivals250 end are official visits to Penn State, NC State and Virginia Tech and an unofficial to Maryland.

"I don't have the dates set yet or anything," he said. "I'll do that soon. I plan on taking all five visits and then deciding. It's between my five officials and Maryland as my finalists."

Ankrah's teammate, defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, also took an official visit to Nebraska despite being a verbal commitment to Stanford. Stephens didn't want to talk about the visit but all indications are that he loved it as much as Ankrah and it will come down to Stanford and the Huskers in the end with the Cardinal still holding the edge.



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