Pruitt, Wright come full circle in Akporoghene's UT commitment

Pruitt, Wright come full circle in Akporoghene's UT commitment

Recruiting

Pruitt, Wright come full circle in Akporoghene's UT commitment

Offensive lineman Chris Akporoghene of IMG Academy committed to Tennessee July 9.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman went to The King’s Academy in Seymour, Tenn., before transferring to IMG Academy. Before arriving at The King’s Academy, Akporoghene lived in Nigeria and did not play football until moving to the United States.

IMG Academy head coach Kevin Wright discussed Akporoghene committing to Tennessee with Vols Wire.

“Him coming to us from Tennessee, in a crazy way, coming from Nigeria that is kind of going home for him based on where he has been and his experience in the United States,” Wright said.

“Akporoghene has a very high ceiling and has only played football for a few years and is a highly sought after recruit,” Wright said. “He is a big get and someone that will continue to get better. For us, we are looking forward to him growing into his own this coming fall. He had a good spring and came a long way and will continue to get better.”

Akporoghene reached out to IMG Academy two years ago, but the timing was not right to go forward moving away to a boarding school.

The timing was eventually right to head to IMG Academy and take on an environment that would get him accustomed to a college setting.

“It’s a college preparatory high school,” Wright said of IMG Academy. “We are set up just like a college from an academic standpoint. Our kids do not take elective classes, so it’s all math, science, English, social studies and foreign languages being in five core classes every semester.

“It is a very rigorous environment and a college set up from the standpoint of practices and meetings in the mornings and then going to school from 1-5:45 in the afternoon and then study table from 7:30-9 at night. It’s a lot especially when you are talking about 15-17-year-old kids, but is very valuable for a kid like that who is a high achiever and wants to play at the highest level. He will be accustomed to the work load both academically and athletically when he gets to Tennessee.”

Akporoghene plays offensive tackle at IMG Academy and his footwork should allow for him to play the position at the next level with flexibility at center also.

“I think he’s an offensive tackle,” Wright said. “He is athletic enough to probably play center. Guys like him being 6-foot-4, 290-pounds, you would guess he’s 270 since his body fat is so low. When it is all said and done, he can be a rock-solid 6-foot-5, 315-325-pound guy that can move his feet and usually those guys play offensive tackle. It is a hard position to recruit, especially in the SEC, but he is diverse to move around.”

Akporoghene will play for Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee, someone that Wright knows well dating back to Pruitt’s Hoover High School days as defensive coordinator. Wright coached against Pruitt in 2006 when he was the head coach at Tulsa Union. Hoover won the opening game of the season 34-7 over Tulsa Union.

In 2008, Wright was the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky and Pruitt was on staff at Alabama as Director of Player Development. Alabama defeated the Hilltoppers 41-7 in Tuscaloosa.

“Coach Saban gave Pruitt an opportunity,” Wright said. “I had a chance to talk with him (Saban) when I was at their clinic last year and he was bragging on guys like Jeremy who went straight up the ranks in a quick manner to make their mark going from the high school level to the college level. That says a lot about what kind of coach he is.”

Latest

More VolsWire
Home