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Ogundeko commits to UConn after first visit

2/26/2012

Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) visited UConn for the first time on Saturday. By the end of the weekend, Ogundeko was UConn’s newest commitment.

“I felt very comfortable there,” Ogundeko said. “They have good coaches, the facilities are great.”

At 6-foot-3 and 227 pounds, Ogundeko is bit of “tweener” between outside linebacker and defensive end. At UConn, the staff will have him play both positions depending on the game situation.

“I’m playing outside linebacker and on third downs rush [defensive] end,” he said. “… They said that I’m pretty aggressive, fast, and have good technique but can be better at UConn.”

Ogundeko also has FBS offers from Arizona State, Boston College and Syracuse and interest from Boise State, Missouri, Penn State, Rutgers and some preliminary interest from a few SEC teams. He wanted to make a decision now so he can focus on his senior season and his school work.

He doesn’t plan on ending the recruiting process yet, though.

“I’m still going to other schools for visits,” he said. “I’m going to Syracuse [in April] and hoping to get to LSU and Penn State.”

Ogundeko’s motivation on the football field is to make sure he can get a scholarship so his mother won’t have to pay for his education and as a way to thank her for all she has done for him. Now that he is committed to a school, he can rest easy knowing he reached his goal this early in the process.

“It was great putting a smile on my mother’s face,” he said. “She’s very happy and supported me and is very supportive of any school I go to.”