As the 2013 college football season winds to a close, NFL draft experts are currently in the process of grading out eligible underclassmen who’ve submitted paperwork for their individual evaluations.
In the case of Oregon ( Jr. ) cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, he’s waiting for the return of his assessment so he can make an informed decision on whether or not he’ll be leaving Eugene for the bright lights of professional football.
On Sunday after the Ducks practice session, Ekpre-Olomu met with reporters and most of the conversation revolved around that specific decision.
Listening to and watching the junior cornerback navigate his way through the mind field of questions regarding his future, you can certainly see it’s a decision that’s certainly weighing heavily on his mind.
“I really just want to make sure I’m ready to leave” explained Ekpre-Olomu.
“That’s going to be the main thing for me,…I’m still young,..it’s going to be difficult out there being 20 years old getting ready to play in the NFL,…I’m going to be underage still. At the same time, I’m really just going to weigh the pro’s and con’s and see how that goes.”
Having a close knit family means a lot to Ekpre-Olomu. He say’s his ultimate decision to stay or leave will be a family conversation he’ll make time for in and around the bowl game in San Antonio.
While most eligible student athletes consider the financial returns and what a professional paycheck can mean to a family unit, especially one who’s a first round pick, Ekpre-Olomu say’s it’s never been about the money.
“I’m not really worried about the financial part” explained Ekpre-Olomu.
“I don’t really play the game for money,…I mean it’s a great thing to get money but at the same time I’m not really worried about getting money right now.”
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