BEAVERTON, Ore. — Emil Ekiyor was supposed to visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month but ended up canceling two trips. It’s not the easiest place for him to get to on a budget because he lives in Indianapolis.
Ekiyor, a 4-star Michigan guard commit from Cathedral High School, told SEC Country at The Opening finals on Monday that despite his canceled trips to Alabama, the Crimson Tide are “pretty much” the only other team he’s considering.
“The track record they have of getting guys into the league,” Ekiyor said for why he’s still considering Alabama. “That’s what Alabama is all about. They also have one of the best coaching staffs in the business.”
The nation’s No. 4 guard per the 247Sports composite rankings said Alabama’s coaching staff has been reaching out to him about visiting Tuscaloosa later this month for the team’s invite-only cookout event on July 21. The Champions Cookout is the Crimson Tide’s premier recruiting event of the summer, where the majority of the team’s top targets are all on campus.
Ekiyor said he’s not sure if he’ll make the trip just yet, but he does want to make it back to Tuscaloosa to make sure Michigan is the school he wants to attend.
“I’m pretty solid right now, but I could potentially take another visit to Alabama just to make sure and clear things up with my commitment,” Ekiyor said.
The state of Indiana’s No. 1 overall prospect said he has a really good relationship with offensive line coach Brent Key. Key reached out to Ekiyor to wish him well at The Opening before he arrived in Oregon.
“He’s been talking to me a lot and it definitely matters to me that they’re still showing interest in me,” Ekiyor said. “They’ve been recruiting me through everything.”
The reason why Ekiyor chose Michigan and why he’s still committed to the Wolverines boils down to two reasons — education and his relationship with the coaching staff.
“I feel like Coach [Jim] Harbaugh is the best in the business — really the whole coaching staff is the best in the business,” Ekiyor said.
Ekiyor, along with 4-star prospects Penei Sewell and Jerome Carvin, are Alabama’s top guard targets in the Class of 2018.