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University of Miami Athletics

Raphael Akpejiori


Tight End




248 lbs.


Graduate Student


Lagos, Nigeria

High School

Sunrise Christian Academy

Prior to football: Played four seasons on men’s basketball team … Averaged 1.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 7.0 minutes in 85 career games … Member of Miami’s 2013 ACC Championship squad … Joined football program in summer 2014.

High School: Has never played football … Kansas All-State Class 1-A Honorable Mention selection in basketball … Rated No. 64 power forward by ESPN … Played AAU basketball for Baltimore Elite… Played in international game during the 2008 Jordan Brand Basketball Classic in New York City.

Personal: Full name is Ethasor Raphael Akpejiori … Goes by Raphael … First name is pronounced A- tha-saur … Last name is pronounced AHK-peh-jour-ee … Born Oct. 10, 1990 … Son of Pius and Clara … One brother, Eshemokha, and four sisters, Okhiaofe, Ilamosi, Ideoghena and Eboshogwe.