Tackle from Nigeria who has yet to play in a varsity game commits to Memphis

Tackle from Nigeria who has yet to play in a varsity game commits to Memphis

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Tackle from Nigeria who has yet to play in a varsity game commits to Memphis

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Davidson Academy senior standout Obinna Eze committed to Memphis on Monday afternoon.

Eze announced his choice on a Nashville radio station.

Eze – a 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle – had scholarship offers from all of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools with the exception of Arkansas and Texas A&M. Duke and four of those SEC schools – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee – were among the final six that Eze considered, which he announced last week.

Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Eze will make his varsity debut in Friday’s season opener against Friendship Christian. He was relegated to junior-varsity action last season due to Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) eligibility rules pertaining to exchange students. The 18-year-old is the 26th-ranked offensive tackle in the Class of 2017 and the state’s eighth-ranked prospect overall.

“He came in as a basketball player with no knowledge of football,” Davidson Academy coach Jonathan Quinn said. “We threw a pass in the first game (junior varsity) last year. The guy he was blocking took off to chase the ball, and Obinna took off after him and tackled him. The referee had to tell him, ‘Hey, big guy, you’re on offense.’ He really started off from ground zero.”

Eze recently participated in Nike’s The Opening, a four-day event for elite players held at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

Obinna Eze (Photo: Craig Harris/The Tennessean)

Obinna Eze (Photo: Craig Harris/The Tennessean)

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