Jahlil Okafor is a 12-year-old. (Yes, he is a distant cousin of Emeka Okafor.) He is also the prized recruit of DePaul's 2014-15 recruiting class.
Still in eighth-grader, Okafor is already 6-7 and doctors said he could top out at 7 feet, 3 inches. Those kind of genes tend to catch quite a few coaches' eyes at an early age.
Interim Blue Demons coach Tracy Webster, who may or may not be given the title of head coach at the end of this season, has gone after Okafor "early and often," a phrase that was born out of Chicago.
Anyone affiliated with a recruit cannot comment on said recruit until he or she signs with the program. It's serious stuff. Heck, I cover high school sports in Connecticut and I couldn't get a golf coach to talk about a player moving across the country to play in the Pac-10 because the rules are that strict.
It's also believed that Webster publicly confirmed the program's strategy to ChicagoHoops.com.
Okafor's father, Chuck, hasn't taken the offer too seriously yet. It's probably because DePaul is terrible and is overmatched in the Big East. Nice recruit if you can get him, but this courtship may be star-crossed from the get-go. It remains to be seen what will happen with DePaul, as ESPN Chicago's story just went up over the weekend.
Damn it... jus when you thought we were going in the right direction they pull this ish!