Okechukwu Okoroha Interview
Sr / Marshall / Safety

Updated - 3-23-13

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  Right now, I am 6’1, 213.  My forty time is in the mid 4.4s.  My best forty time was a 4.3.


Alex Khvatov:  You have a very unique name, what does it mean?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  It is Nigerian.  It means gift from God.  My mother named that.  It is a name that comes with great expectations.


Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I was rated the number 17 safety in the country.  I had 23 Division I scholarships.  My top five schools were Penn State, Illinois, Virginia, Boston College and Maryland.


Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Boston College?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  Boston College was the right school for me.  They were the first to offer me a scholarship.  My mom really liked the school.  It made her happy.  I am very close to my mom.  It is a Catholic school.  I felt like I could play anywhere.


Alex Khvatov:  Why did you decide to transfer to Marshall?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  Basically, I failed one drug test at Boston College.  A first offense is just a warning for a lot of guys.  But it was different for me.  I got dismissed from the program.  But it was a blessing.  It got me out of that program.  I missed the entire year.  I graduated and then I could transfer to another D-I school without having to sit out.  I got a lot of offers from teams.  My best friend Dominick LeGrande was also transferring from Boston College.  Marshall offered both of us a scholarship.  We wanted to finish our college career together.


Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your senior season at Marshall.

Okechukwu Okoroha:  It was amazing.  It was a blessing.  Everybody accepted us the first time we stepped foot on that campus.  It was a family atmosphere.  I had a successful season.  I had 108 tackles, 7 pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.  It was really amazing.


Alex Khvatov:  Where are you training for the NFL Draft?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I was training in Chicago.  I had a trainer and I was there for 5 weeks.  Then I was training near my home.  I just finished my last three weeks there.  Now I am back at Marshall preparing for the pro day.


Alex Khvatov:  What results can we expect from you at your pro day?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I should have a great day.  I have the vertical jump first.  I am ready to jump at about 36 inches or better.  I am shooting for 37 inches.  I bench pressed 27 times last week.  I want to get about 30 reps at the pro day.  I am shooting for a low 4.4 forty.  I want to hit the numbers out of the park.  A lot of guys don’t know my name. 


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  My strength as a player is my knowledge of the game.  I am really good in the film room.  The classroom aspect is really important.  Boston College taught me that.  I played with Luke Kuechly, and he was a classroom guy.  I watch film all the time.  I play faster on the field because I know what’s going on.  I am also a physical player.  I am a sure tackler.  I make a lot of tackles.


Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game are you trying to improve upon?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I need to get better in my hips.  I need to work on pass coverage.  I am always working on my hands.


Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your career up to this point?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I would say that when I got knocked down.  I played as a redshirt sophomore.  I was getting more comfortable on the field.  The incident happened going into my redshirt junior year.  It knocked me down.  It made me focus.  I trained really hard when I was not playing.  I had faith that some school would call me.  I believed in God.  I was ecstatic when Marshall offered me.  This incident was a big turning point for me.  I never trained so hard before that.  It was a transformation for me.


Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from all of the other players at your position?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I feel like I am physical.  A lot of guys don’t want to be physical.  I am also knowledge about the game.  I am always in the film room with Dom (Dominick LeGrande) after practice.


Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I don’t really have one.  I guess I root for the Redskins.  They are my hometown team.


Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I used to be a big die-hard Sean Taylor fan.  I always tried to model my game after him.  After he passed away, I never focused on getting another favorite player.


Alex Khvatov:  Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on in the future?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  D.J. Hunter was a Freshman All-American last year.  He is an outside linebacker.  He is moving to safety.  He is a very talented underclassman.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  It is all about football.  I love to read about football when I am not playing.  I watch movies.  I like to take a nap.  I don’t play video games anymore.


Alex Khvatov:  If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I would have dinner with Ed Reed.  I would like to pick his brain.  He is very knowledgeable about the game.


Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I plan to do something with my name on it.  I want to help people.  I want to give back.


Alex Khvatov:  What did you enjoy most about playing college football?

Okechukwu Okoroha:  I enjoyed the fans.  They are crazy.  I was blessed to play college football.   


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Okechukwu Okoroha is….

Okechukwu Okoroha:  On the field, I feel like I am a physical athlete.  I can do anything that you ask me to do.  I am coachable.  I have the speed.  I am physical and knowledgeable.  I can do anything.  I am under the radar right now.  I am excited for my pro day.  I am a happy guy off the field.  I am relaxed. 
  

 


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