By NU Athletic Communications
RB, 6-1, 195, Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Westside HS)
Standout running back Collins Okafor was one of the first players to join the 2008 Nebraska signing class, committing to the Huskers during his junior season at Omaha Westside High School. Okafor is one of six in-state products in the 2008 Husker signing class, and he is the first scholarship signee from Westside since Ira Cooper signed with Nebraska in 2000. Okafor earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and first-team Super State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star each of the past two seasons. This season, Okafor rushed for 1,525 yards on 205 carries and found the end zone 17 times for Coach Marty Kauffman. His play helped Westside to a 7-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs. During his junior season in 2006, Okafor was the driving force behind the Warriors' trip to the Class A state championship game and a 12-1 record. Okafor rushed for 1,850 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, while also compiling 389 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions. Okafor is ranked as one of the top five players in the state by Rivals.com and Scout.com and among the top 25 players in the Midlands Region by SuperPrep Magazine. Okafor also excels on the track for Westside, qualifying for the state meet as a junior in the 100 meters, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. Okafor chose Nebraska over Stanford, Kansas and Iowa. He is the son of Napoleon Okafor and Pat Okon Okafor and was born on June 6, 1989.