Florida Gators: John Montelus

Tyson's Take: DE Ebenezer Ogundeko 

June, 20, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some may surprise you. First up is defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson).

Why he could end up in Florida's class

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko is focused on Florida, Notre Dame and Syracuse.
Ogundeko visited Florida last weekend and came away very impressed with what he saw. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound athlete may seem undersized but Florida loves his athletic ability, and he could be the speed rusher the Gators are looking for in their class. After his trip to Gainesville, Ogundeko listed Florida in his top three along with Syracuse and Notre Dame. He will make his decision on July 20, and right now the Gators seem to be right at the top of his list.

OT Montelus commits to Notre Dame

April, 21, 2012
Four-star offensive line prospect John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett) committed to Notre Dame following its spring game on Saturday.

"I have committed to to Notre Dame," Montelus said.

The 6-foot-5, 293-pound 16-year-old chose the Fighting Irish over offers from Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and Virginia among others.

Montelus had named Florida his leader after visiting Gainesville on Wednesday.

Montelus becomes the fifth offensive line commit and the 11th verbal commit overall for Notre Dame. He is the ninth four-star player to commit to the Irish.

Montelus has Gators on top after visit 

April, 18, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Fresh off his visit Wednesday to Florida, four-star offensive line prospect John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett) has named the Gators' as his leader.

"It was really good," Montelus said. "I was looking for the good atmosphere, a good coaching staff and basically what I want academically. I was really excited to come down here and I got exactly what I expected. They are definitely on top, and after this Notre Dame visit I will probably commit soon. I'm going to see how Notre Dame goes tomorrow then probably commit."

While on his visit, the 6-foot-5, 293-pound prospect had a chance to spend some time with Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis and head coach Will Muschamp.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After landing only two prospects offensive linemen in their 2012 recruiting class, the Gators have made it top priority for the 2013 cycle.

Though Florida has yet to land an offensive line commit, the Gators have targeted some of the top prospects, not only in Florida but in the entire country.

Florida already has 10 verbal commits, but look for the Gators to add between 5-6 offensive linemen in the class before all is said and done.

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2013 OL talks Michigan offer 

February, 17, 2012
The offensive line is a big need for Michigan in the 2013 class. Since at least four scholarship offensive linemen will be leaving the roster, the staff will most likely look to add the same amount of recruits for this class, if not more.

One offensive line prospect who recently received a Michigan offer is 6-foot-5, 290-pound John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett). The Michigan offer adds to an already hefty list including Florida, UConn, Boston College, NC State and West Virginia among others.

"Michigan (was an offer he was hoping for) because it is a really big school with good academics, good football team and great fans," he said. "I've been talking to Coach (Darrell) Funk, and I'm going to take a Michigan visit soon."

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John Montelus lands offers from UF, WVU 

February, 13, 2012
Last week was a week offensive lineman John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett) probably won't forget anytime soon.

The week began with a scholarship offer from Florida, and ended with a trip to West Virginia for Saturday's junior day.

Montelus was in class earlier last week when he received a message to call Florida head coach Will Muschamp. When he made the call, an offer was extended.

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