Draft Profile – S George Iloka


GEORGE ILOKA/SAFETY

Personal

George Iloka (Eye-LOKE-uh).

Born – March 31, 1990 in Houston, Texas.

Family – Parents are Clara Ifeoma Iloka and Arinze Eugene Iloka. He has older and younger siblings, Ugochi and Ekene. His parents were born in Nigeria and moved to the United States in the 1980s. Mom is President of Hopeville Medical Services, a company that provides in home medical care. Dad is a corrections officer for the State of Texas.

Physical

  • Height – 6-feet, 3½ inches.
  • Weight – 225 pounds.
  • Arm – 34½ inches
  • Hand – 9 5/8 inches
  • Wing span – 81 3/8 inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.66 seconds.
  • Bench press – 20 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 34 ½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 10-feet, 4 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.03 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.03 seconds.

Hometown

Iloka grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb to the southwest of Houston. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, with population growing by more than 150 percent in the last decade. Population is approximately 85,000, but it’s also one of the most affluent areas in the state, with a median home price of more than $369,000. The area was originally a sugar plantation. The city is still the home of Imperial Sugar, as well as corporate headquarters for Minute Maid.

High School

Kempner High School is in Sugar Land and part of the Fort Bend Independent School District. It has an enrollment of almost 2,400 students. Back in the early 1990s, Kempner had over 3,000 students in four grades.

He was a three-year letterman in football and team captain as a senior. He was first team all-league as a senior. The Cougars were coached by James Brown.

2007 – He finished the season with 80 tackles, with 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a recovered fumble. He was named his team’s defensive back of the year. Kempner finished 6-5 on the season.

2006 – Iloka caught 30 passes for 500 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars finished 1-8.

2005 – Kempner football was 7-5 on the season and Iloka saw playing time with the varsity as a sophomore wide receiver and defensive back.

Recruiting

Rivals.com rated Iloka a 2-star prospect out of Texas and listed him at 6-3, 194 pounds.

Interest came from Boise State, Arizona State, Houston, New Mexico, Northwestern, Rice, Sam Houston State and TCU. He committed to Boise in June of 2007. Iloka decided to graduate early and enrolled in January 2008 at Boise State. That allowed him to go through spring practice that year.

College

Three-year starter finished with 231 total tackles and seven interceptions for head coach Chris Peterson. Defense led the Mountain West Conference in total defense and scoring defense. Iloka started 48 straight games at free safety before he went to the corner.

2011 – He earned first-team All-Mountain West honors, as he finished second on the Boise State team with 57 tackles. Iloka also earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America status. He played the last two games of the regular season at cornerback, helping an injury riddled secondary get through several weeks.

2010 – Iloka earned first-team All-WAC honors and again was a full-time starter, opening 13 games and finishing as Boise’s third leading tackler with 63. He had nine tackles against Louisiana Tech. He had back-to-back interceptions against Fresno and Nevada.

2009 – He started all 14 games for the Broncos and had more than two tackles in 11 of the 14 games.

2008 – Iloka received some All-Freshman team honors after playing in all 13 games. His development was accelerated when he left high school early and enrolled at Boise in January 2008. He had a season high eight tackles against Idaho.

Year

G/S

Tkl

TFL

Sk

Int

PBU

FF

Rec.

2011

13/13

58

3

0

0

1

1

12-1*
2010

13/13

63

3

0

2

5

1

12-1*

2009

14/14

48

2.5

0

1

5

0

14-0*

2008

13/10

62

5

1

4

6

0

12-1*

Total

53/50

231

13.5

1

7

17

2

50-3

*-(2011) Las Vegas Bowl; (2010) Las Vegas Bowl; (2009) Fiesta Bowl; (2008) Poinsettia Bowl.

Video

Defensive highlights vs. Utah 2011 — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYdzorboZbI

(Iloka is wearing No. 8)

Fiesta Bowl 2010/Boise St.- TCU http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=1p0L2wI92GY

Evaluation

Strengths – Very athletic with quick feet, he plays the game fast and has the ability to cover a lot of ground. Iloka closes fast when reacting to the ball. He does a good job of shadowing receivers. Seems sound in his understanding of his defensive scheme and the offenses that he’s playing against. Does not appear to get tricked out of position and he’s patient, something a true deep safety needs to be as the play develops in front of him. OK tackler, who comes downhill and can deliver a shot.

Deficient – For all the game’s he’s played and the position he’s been in, Iloka is not a big-play type of defensive backs. He had seven interceptions and forced two fumbles, while not scoring a touchdown during his career in Boise. He’s not the head-hunter type, and overall his tackling is inconsistent. One of his fundamental problems comes from his willingness to leave his feet and dive at ball carriers. Despite the fact he does not play the game very aggressively, he does have a prickly demeanor and has been a discipline problem; he’s been pulled out of games by the coaching staff for minor scuffles and acting like a turd. He’s also had a few shouting matches with head coach Chris Peterson.

Analysis – As big as Iloka is, he doesn’t play that way. Luckily, he’s very athletic and gifted in his movements and that allows him to show up and clean up the play. He just seldom gets there in time to make a defensive play. He’s a hot-head and that type of attitude isn’t going to be tolerated very long in the NFL from a guy who doesn’t make plays.

What the scouts said

An AFC scout said – “It’s too bad this kid doesn’t have a little more thump in his game. He’s such a good athlete, but he doesn’t play that aggressively. He’s a free safety and would be out of place at strong safety depending on the scheme.”

Another AFC scout said – “He’s a cocky kid who comes across as thinking that he’s better than he is as a player. His maturity has improved and people at Boise have more nice things to say about him. But he has a temper and if he hasn’t learned to control that, he’ll be a problem on and off the field. He can play and he’ll be on our board.”

What George Iloka said

“Before you grow as a football player, you have to grow as a man. I consider myself a young man now. I’ve grown here and all that’s thanks to the coaches … all these guys who have molded me into the man I am today. Growing off the field, life skills, learning how to treat other people, learning how to carry yourself, how to be a good citizen — it’s helped my play.”

What they said about George Iloka

“George is an amazing athlete, but he’s a hard worker. He just has a passion for the game that you don’t really see in a lot of guys. I always think back to the summertime, when we were doing 7-on-7, we’d always have to tell him to just kind of calm down because he wanted to win so bad.” Boise State wide receiver Chris Potter.

“George used to be a guy who would just take care of himself. Now he’s starting to bring other guys along. He is coaching other guys up on and off the football field. … What we’ve been going through (in the secondary) this year, he’s shown a lot — being positive, meeting with guys on their own, getting guys to see stuff through his eyes.” Boise State DB coach Marcel Yates.

“George, if he stays healthy, can play a lot of years in the NFL.” More from Yates.

“He opened up his heart and mind to the whole (unity) process and figured out that, first of all, it’s fun, and then it’s helpful, being able to get to know different guys on the team. He really showed growth in becoming part of that.” Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.

Does George Iloka fit with the Chiefs?

He’s considered the No. 1 free safety prospect and that’s not a position where you would expect to see the Chiefs use a high draft choice to select another safety. There’s no question he can play the game, but how high he can fly will depend on his work ethic and maturity. It’s doubtful that the Chiefs get involved with that.


One Response to “Draft Profile – S George Iloka”

  • March 20, 2012  - steven smith says:

    nice “turd” refference=)




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