Oregon ( Jr. ) cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu decided to return to Oregon for the 2014 football season because he said there’s still more to do.
The gifted corner made his decision earlier this week and told reporters the NFL was interested in him and predicted he’d be a 2nd round selection, but at the end of the day, he felt there was still more to accomplish at Oregon.
“It really comes down to what’s going to make you happy at the end of the day,” said Ekpre-Olomu about his choice to remain in Eugene.
“The NFL definitely had interest in me and I felt it was a good interest but at the same time I wanted to do more.”
For most young athletes with a promising future in professional sports, the allure of fame and fortune typically is the determining factor, however for Ekpre-Olomu that wasn’t the case.
“I felt that I was leaning toward staying for the most part through this entire process but I was thinking about where I would be in the next year and I always thought about playing in the NFL” explained Ekpre-olomu.
“It’s going to be a great time in my life but at the same time I felt I could still wait one year before I get there.”
The decision to remain in Eugene was certainly welcome news to head coach Mark Helfrich and secondary coach John Neal. With Ekpre-Olomu returning, he helps stabilize what would have been a decimated secondary with the loss of fellow CB Terrance Mitchell along with graduating seniors Avery Patterson and Brian Jackson.
“He was happy I made the decision and he feels I made a good decision in the long run” said Ekpre-Olomu when asked what Neal thought of his return.
“He told me that I’m ready to do whatever I think I should do and that’s all I could ask for.”
As for Neal, he’ll certainly sleep better knowing his talented corner will be in a Duck uniform come next August.
“Ifo might be the best player I’ve ever coached,” Neal said.
VIDEO; Watch the press briefing with Ifo Ekpre-Olomu by clicking on the image shown above.