“It was kind of hard growing up and people always doubting me and stuff but I always knew that, in my heart, if I was able to put in the work, I’d able to be successful”, said Joshua Okonye,.
Through hard work and determination, Joshua Okonye made himself into a division-one college football talent at defensive back.
Okonye, a senior at George Ranch High School, is our class act of the week.
“I wasn’t born with talent so it didn’t come easy, so I appreciate everything that has happened to me because I worked so hard for it, and it’s a great feeling”, said Okonye.
“He’s a kid that lived in the weight room after school, in the summer, and after practice is going to stay and do extra. Nothing was given to him”, said Ricky Tullos, George Ranch High School Football Coach.
Okonye displays that mentality by scoring big on his college entrance exams with a 1760 on the SAT and a 28 on the ACT.
Okonye’s work in the weight room, the class room and on the gridiron has earned him a full ride scholarship with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
“It’s not easy, I can tell you that. It’s a lot of late nights you know. Still having to wake up early to go work out and you don’t get as much sleep as many others but in the end it pays off”, said Okonye.
Okonye has an older brother who is attending med school, so he’s choosing a similar path by majoring in Health and Exercise science. He hopes to begin a career in physical therapy.
Things are moving pretty fast for Okonye so it all seems a little surreal at the moment.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I don’t think it will sink in until probably I step on campus during the summer after school and start working with the team . But it’s very humbling experience. I’m really happy it happened”, said Okonye.