Ozougwu had been Tulane's first committment last fall.
"I'm going to talk to Coach Bob (Toledo) later this evening and confirm to him that I'm changing my mind," Ozougwu told TI. "I spoke to Coach Bleil just awhile ago and told him. He asked me where I had visited and what school I was considering. I told him Rice and he said he respected my decision. I'm going to decommit and think about it."
"I went to Rice this weekend," Cheta explained. "I had a good time, a real good time. I hung out with Jarrett Dillard, the All-American receiver. I had a real good visit. Rice's close to home, it's a better school academically than Tulane. The coaches are really cool. I talked with Coach Baliff at Rice and with Coach Driesbach, the defensive coordinator, they told me I was their number one target at defensive end and I could compete for a starting job right away."
"I got to look at it from a family view. I've got a little brother, if I stay here I can watch him play Pop Warner ball. And the crime in New Orleans...."
Ozougwu also visited Louisiana Tech in recent weeks.