NCF On The Trail: Ebenezer Ogundeko

Weekly Commitment Update 

January, 11, 2013
Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-3 WT: 229
Position Rank: #10 DE

Scouts: Clemson rebounds at DE 

January, 5, 2013
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.

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Big, bruising Ogundeko a boost for Tigers 

January, 4, 2013
Losing No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) last fall was a huge blow to Clemson’s recruiting efforts, and the decommitment of ESPN 150 defensive end prospect Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon) a few weeks later furthered a huge void in the Tiger’s 2013 class, adding even more urgency for Clemson to reel in an elite pass-rusher.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comFour-star Ebenezer Ogundeko could end up at defensive end for Clemson, or outside linebacker.
On Friday the Tigers took a big step in that direction by adding Under Armour All-American Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson), the No. 10 defensive end prospect in the country. In the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect, Clemson is getting a prospect with a very muscular frame, who could project to defensive end or possibly outside linebacker in college.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is also getting a productive high school player in Ogundeko, as the top-rated prospect in New York racked up 154 tackles and 28 sacks over his junior and senior seasons.

By adding the No. 112 prospect in the country, Clemson can now shift its focus to trying to replace Nkemdiche with No. 2 prospect Carl Lawson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), who last visited Clemson in November. Lawson remains committed to Auburn, but programs like Clemson and Ole Miss should get official visits from the five-star defensive end this month.

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DE Ogundeko commits to Clemson

January, 4, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- ESPN 150 defensive lineman Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) has verbally committed to Clemson. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound end prospect announced his decision during the second quarter of tonight's Under Armour All-America Game.

Ogundeko chose Clemson over Syracuse, Florida and Notre Dame.

With the addition of Ogundeko, the Tigers now have 16 verbal commitments, including four who are ESPN 150 prospects. Ogundeko will join Dane Rogers (Shelby, N.C./Crest), Clemson's other defensive end commitment. Clemson’s recruiting class is ranked No. 14 in the country.

As a senior, Ogundeko totaled an impressive 74 tackles including 17 sacks. He is the nation’s No. 10 defensive end.

Ogundeko also held offers from Alabama, Arizona State and Ole Miss.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- And then there were five.

Under Armour All-America Game officials have confirmed that Pomfret (Md.) McDonough four-star offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers will not announce his decision tonight’s game. Kickoff for the sixth annual game is at 5 p.m. ET and is broadcast on ESPN.

Rodgers tweeted late last night that he wasn’t going to announce his decision and likely would wait until signing day.

“I've decided to not announce tomorrow,” the tweet said. “Sorry folks.”

Rodgers was expected to decide between Maryland and South Carolina at the game, but now he’s going to wait. Oklahoma and Washington have also been in contention with Rodgers, who ranks as the nation’s No. 27 offensive tackle and the No. 9 player in Maryland.

Still scheduled to announce are four-star safety Leon McQuay III, four-star defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, four-star athlete Max Redfield, four-star linebacker Trey Johnson and four-star athlete Kendell Beckwith.

McQuay is expected to pick between Florida State and USC. Ogundeko lists Syracuse and Clemson as the favorites.

Redfield listed Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC as his finalists, but the Buckeyes aren't actively recruiting him and he should pick between the Irish and Trojans.

Beckwith will decide between LSU and Alabama. Johnson will choose from Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida, but the final pick will be between the Buckeyes and Vols.

#UAGame practice: Day 4 notebook 

January, 3, 2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With just a player walk-through Thursday, things were relatively easy in Day 4 of practice at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports. A four-star defensive tackle gave further explanation about his decision to decommit from an SEC school, several players talked about who impressed them the most, and an ESPN 150 safety changed his decision date.

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4-star DE Ogundeko to decide Friday 

December, 30, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Four-star defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson) will make his college decision Friday at the Under Armour All-America Game. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete will make his choice between Syracuse and Clemson.

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Clemson, Florida finalists for Ogundeko 

November, 28, 2012

Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) is down to two schools.

The ESPN 150 defensive end with more than 20 offers has two schools at the top: Clemson and Florida. They are now the only two schools he is looking at.

"Down to those 2," Ogundeko wrote in a text message.

Ogundeko's last two official visits went to the Tigers and Gators, and the official visit to Clemson helped the Tigers catch the Gators at the top of Ogundeko's list.

Clemson assistant coach Marion Hobby made an in-home visit with Ogundeko, the No. 1 player in New York, this week.

"Just things about the campus. The coaching staff and distance. And of course playing time," Ogundeko said of the conversation with Hobby.

Syracuse assistant coach John Anselmo was also in to visit with Ogundeko this week, and as his first BCS offer, he will still officially visit Syracuse the weekend of Dec. 7.

The Gators are supposed to visit with Ogundeko on Friday.

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5-star Lawson shocked by Auburn firing 

November, 25, 2012

Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson (Marietta, Ga./Milton) was not prepared to discuss the news Sunday that Auburn had fired head coach Gene Chizik.

“No comment on Auburn right now," Lawson said. "The news shocked me.”

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Weekend Rewind: Florida 

November, 19, 2012
Despite not having many visitors for its 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday, the Florida Gators will still consider this a successful recruiting weekend.

The Gators filled what potentially could be a big hole on the defensive line with the verbal commitment of Darious Cummings (Titusville, Fla./East Mississippi Community Colege) on Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman, who originally signed with Florida State out of high school, switched his pledge from Ole Miss to Florida after taking an official visit to Florida this weekend.

Cummings said he has matured since his time at FSU.

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Ogundeko has Florida on top 

November, 18, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson) has named the Gators his leader after an official visit to Gainesville for the Jacksonville State game.

Ogundeko, an Under Armour All-American, said he enjoyed his trip to Florida because of what he saw out of freshmen defensive ends Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan Bullard.

"It went great," Ogundeko said. "Just the people in general were great -- like the players that are going to be at my position like Dante Fowler and Jon Bullard. The coaches were great too. It was a good visit."

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Trio of top-50 recruits leads way in East 

November, 7, 2012
In the East region, the biggest movers came in Virginia.

First, Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) jumped from 71st in the nation to 40th. Just behind him at No. 41 is Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). The tailback went from 53rd to 41st. Outside linebacker Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) jumped 15 spots from No. 159 to No. 144. The move was significant because it earns him the coveted ESPN 150 designation.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) camped at Florida on Saturday. The visit for the 6-foot-3, 229-pound Under Armour All-American vaulted the Gators near the top of his list.

"It was great," Ogundeko. "I got to spend time with the players and coaches. I bonded with the players pretty good. It was a great environment to be in. The weather was great. I liked everything about it. I'd say Florida, Notre Dame and Syracuse are my top three right now."

While on his visit, the No. 9-ranked defensive end in the country said he had a chance to spend time with Florida head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

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Ebenezer Ogundeko adds Vandy offer 

March, 20, 2012
Two days after reopening his commitment, Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson) added another team to his list of offers.

On Monday, Vanderbilt offered the 6-foot-3, 227-pound defensive end/linebacker.

Ogundeko has an interest in playing in the South and particularly in the SEC, so he was excited to pick up an offer from the Commodores.

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Interior blocker Matt Barone (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) has committed to play for UConn, according to multiple sources. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect also received an early scholarship offer from Akron.

Other programs including Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Illinois, Purdue and Kent State showed interest.

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