The Memphis Tigers landed a big time recruit on Tuesday, when four-star offensive tackle recruit Obinna Eze announced his decision to remain in-state to commit to the program.
Eze, who is a standout offensive lineman at Davidson Academy in Nashville, also had offers from a number of top SEC programs like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and even the Tennessee Vols, but ultimately he chose to go with Memphis.
It is a surprising decision to see Eze choose a Group of Five program when the best conference in college football is knocking at his door, but Eze said he simply feels more comfortable with the Tigers and has confidence in the coaching staff.
For Eze, the decision is about doing what is best for himself, not making a flashy decision based on a name.
“I choose Memphis because I have a great relationship with them,” Eze said, via Rivals.com. “Recruiting is hard and people lie and say what they want but I was able to believe in them and trust them. They have a great business school and I found myself a great opportunity to play. I feel comfortable over there.
“My message has always been, me going to Memphis is like showing who I am as a person. Like I’ve always said, I don’t give a crap about names and conferences and big places. I give a crap about relationships and where I feel comfortable and who I can trust.”
It was a big decision for Eze, but because he has made the move from Nigeria to the United States to pursue athletics, he knows he has to go with the decision that feels the most comfortable for him.
Hopefully he will be able to take the respect he has for the team’s coaching staff and the relationship he has already built with offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield on the recruiting trail to maximize his talent and take the Memphis football program to new heights.