Selma’s Ufomadu prepares for next levelPublished 9:02pm Monday, February 4, 2013
With hundreds of student-athletes around the country set to put their signatures on the dotted line of scholarships Wednesday, one of Selma’s own is among those with pen in hand.
Selma High School defensive end/linebacker Ezekiel Ufomado will soon make his college choice, and he said he has God to thank for what has been a great recruiting experience. His choice though, is his, and he’s not sharing which school he’ll be attending — or the group of schools he’s set to choose from.
“It’s been good. I thank God for every day of it,” Ufomado said. “I thank God for letting me be at this point of my life. I’m doing good and I feel like I can be one of the best defensive players at whatever school I go to and in college football.”
Ufomado spent the last few seasons harassing quarterbacks as a pass rusher with signs of battle evident on his helmet.
He said he’s never thought of himself as a hard hitter, and just tries to do his best when he hits the field.
“I just look to be a great player and help my teammates as much as I can,” Ufomado said. “I think of myself as a person who makes plays and who really likes the game.”
And through life on and off the field, Ufomado said he relies on his faith to guide him.
“I lean on my faith in God through all things because He will never forsake you and will always be with you,” Ufomado said. “It might not look like it right then, it might not be exactly what you want it to be, but the end result will be like it’s supposed to be.”
Selma head football coach Leroy Miles said Ufomado, commonly known to his teammates and coaches as ‘Zeke,’ gives his all on the field.
“I think Zeke is a very, very high energy player. He’s very passionate about the game,” Miles said. “He tries very hard to play mistake free. He’s very aggressive and he gets after the football. He does what you ask him to do on the field.”
Miles also said Ufomado is a good person with a great background.
“He’s a very humble young man — very humble. He has good parents, comes from a good background,” Miles said. “He’s a nice guy, quiet, kind of laid back and doesn’t have a whole lot to say, but at times he smiles and has fun.”
As a coach, Miles said it’s a great feeling to see one of his players go to the next level athletically and academically.
“It says a lot. You’re always excited when your kids get a chance to play at the next level. It kind of inspires the guys that are left behind to want that opportunity to sign a scholarship,” Miles said. “It just does a lot when your athletes sign, and hopefully we can have more than one sign this year.”