Saturday, January 5, 2013
Scouts: Clemson rebounds at DE
By Craig Haubert
At one point, Clemson’s class featured two of the nation’s top defensive end prospects in No. 1 overall player Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) and Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon). Along the way both those players decommitted, delivering a blow to what was developing into a big haul along the defensive line. While the loss of those two was tough, the Tigers have rebounded a bit at that position as they have gained a commitment from ESPN 150 D-end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson).
The New York native is not as ready to come in and contribute as the two previously mentioned defensive prospects, but he is a player with good upside and is enrolling early, which should aid his development and allow him to possibly better contribute as a freshman. He needs to keep adding mass, but should benefit from quickly getting into the Tigers weight program. While he needs to become more consistent, he can be disruptive as a pass rusher while still possessing nice upside in this area. He can be quick off the ball, get upfield, quickly work past a blocker and tightly bend back in to get to the quarterback. As he works on his pass rush arsenal and further develops his hand usage, he can develop into a consistent threat off the edge. He is also a defender with a good motor and speed and can be active and productive against the run while still needing to continue to fill out and develop his technique.
The two previous losses at the end position were big ones, but the Tigers are still bringing in some talent at the position as they already had a commitment from Dane Rogers (Shelbyn N.C./Crest) and now add one from Ogundeko. With Rogers they have a guy who could offer some "swing player" potential as an end/tackle, and with the athletic Ebenezer they have a player who could act as bit of a hybrid end/linebacker. Both players bring good ability, nice motors and some versatility to the Tigers defense.