A source has indicated to us that Ken suffered a torn meniscus and ACL, though nothing has been made official. Either way, we wish him a speedy recovery.
"I was going for the quarterback and following him," said Ekanem, of the play in which Williamson, under pressure, had moved to his left. "I grabbed him from the back. My foot got stuck and my body went to the right."
The 6-foot-4 inch, 245-pound Wildcat play-maker, a versatile defensive end/linebacker who earned Northern Region Player of the Year honors this fall, remained on the natural turf field following the play, which had resulted in an intentional grounding call against Williamson. He was attended to for a few minutes while the large Centreville crowd, congregated in the near-side seating area behind the Centreville sideline at UVA's Scott Stadium, watched in relative silence. Eventually, Ekanem was helped off the field. He was not able to return but did watch his teammates continue to battle hard in the eventual 47-21 Centreville loss.
"It was really tough on me," said Ekanem, of having to watch his teammates play on without being able to help. "I felt like I let my team down but kept my head up and tried to be a leader on the sideline."
The injury adds another curve to a recruiting process that has become more interesting in the last two weeks for the 6-3, 245-pound defensive end-linebacker. Ekanem had narrowed his list down to five schools: Virginia Tech, Oregon, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. However changes to the coaching staffs of some of those schools have made the picture more jumbled.
Ekanem's recruiter from Pitt, Tony Dews, a Centreville alum, departed to join Rich Rodriguez's staff at Arizona. As a result Ekanem said he had narrowed the list down to four, eliminating Pitt as an option. Then, Charlie Molnar left his job as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame to take the head-coaching job at Massachusetts.
The senior is set to take his first official visit to Notre Dame this coming weekend, but in the days after Molnar's departure he had not heard from the school and the move severs his closest connection to the program. Ekanem said last week he was anxious to get the first trip done.
"I'm pretty excited," Ekanem said. "I heard all this talk about it and I just want to see it. I've heard too much about it, so I want to see it first once and see what the campus is about. I heard it's a pretty cool place."
Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster visited Centreville last Wednesday, and Pitt also attended the Wildcats' practice to continue recruiting Ekanem.