Volunteers commit Chidi Okonya likely won’t visit Tennessee again until early next year, but that shouldn’t worry fans.
“As of right now, I find myself fully committed — 100 percent,” Okonya told SEC Country.
Okonya, a 4-star defensive end from Riverdale High School (Riverdale, Ga.), won’t be able to get back on campus before the end of the year because of the holidays, a wedding that he will be attending in California, his participation in the Semper Fidelis Bowl game and school work.
He plans on taking his official visit to Tennessee in January. As of right now, it’s the only school that he knows for sure that will get him on campus.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder did say that he may take an official visit to Duke, which was the first school that offered him.
“The only other place I would possibly visit is Duke because I told them that I would pay my diligence to them and take that visit, so I probably will,” he said. “I have gone up there one time. That was early in the recruiting process. I just feel like I should get out there and take that visit.”
Okonya committed to Tennessee in May, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from recruiting him. He said Stanford and Ole Miss contact him, but it’s not constant communication with the two schools.
“To be honest, my recruiting process has been over for a while now,” he said. “I haven’t had to deal with much from any school other than Tennessee. When these other schools do contact me, they pretty much just send me quotes to keep me motivated and that they’re still thinking about me.”
The Volunteers coaching staff hasn’t told Okonya if he should expect to see the field as a freshman. But that’s fine with him.
“Nothing has been expressed to me about that right now. I’m not too worried about it. If I have to redshirt, I don’t see a problem with it. If I can play early, I will play whichever position they need me to.”
One reason why he may not be worried about seeing the field as a freshman could be because that would give him the opportunity to immerse himself in his studies.
Okonya has a 4.0 GPA in high school and plans to study business marketing when he gets to college.
He is ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the state of Georgia.