Ogundeko talks ASU visit

Ebenezer Ogundeko has yet to schedule his remaining four official visits, but last week he completed his first recruiting trip, to Arizona State. Devils Digest caught up with the Brooklyn, N.Y. linebacker to talk about his time in Tempe.

"It was a good visit and I enjoyed every minute of it," Ogundeko said. "I enjoyed touring the campus and meeting the players. It was a lot of fun. Karl Holmes was my host player and he told me that they work hard and they play like they practice, which is a fast pace, and they are all about winning.

"The facilities there really impressed me, and also the engineering buildings. I want to major in Civil Engineering and they have a good school there. I really like the game atmosphere too. This visit impressed me more than I thought it would."

The 43-21 loss to Oregon didn't damper the linebacker's visit, and he was able to see up close and personal the position that the Sun Devil staff has in mind for him.

"I liked watching the Devil backer, which is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker," Ogundeko commented. "I really like how the defense rushed the passer and did their stunts.

"They (the ASU coaches) like how fast I am and how I use my hands."

The 6-3 235-pound Ebenezer Ogundeko is a three-star prospect rated 35th by Fox Sports Next among 2013 outside linebackers, and is considered the top prospect from his state. Fox Sports Next's Northeast Recruiting Analyst John Garcia Jr. offered this evaluation of Ogundeko:

"He's raw," Garcia said. "His family migrated from Nigeria and his just picked up the game in New York. He's stronger than most guys who try to block him. He's faster than them as well and is a guy that will get to the quarterback, but he's not polished. He needs to work on his moves and pass rushing technique and also playing against the run.

"He's so naturally strong that he can put on the weight or just stay as he is. I see him more as a hand in the ground defensive end and bull rusher type of guy. Maybe like a John Abraham from the Atlanta Falcons. He has a good skill set but not in an elite tier. He's athletic enough to be that outside linebacker in a 3-4 (scheme)."

Ogundeko committed to Connecticut last February, but when he saw his stock rapidly rising he decommitted a month later. He now has over 30 offers, but has seemingly narrowed down the list of the schools he is considering to officially visit before signing day.

"Florida, Mississippi, Clemson and Syracuse," he said. "I'm planning to decide in January before signing day. I'm looking for a school that I feel comfortable in, a school that has good education and that I can get a lot of playing time."


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