Over the last few weeks, no prospect has seen his recruitment explode like Marietta (GA) defensive end Azeez Ojulari. The 6-foot-3 230-pound defensive end was impressive during the camp circuit, and has become a top target for major programs across the south. Ojulari seems to pick up a new offer every day, but admitted a few are standing out at the moment.
“I like the great atmosphere and coaches at Tennessee.” Ojulari said. I have a great relationship with defensive line coach Brady Hoke so I’m starting to feel more comfortable around them. Tennessee hits me up every day so they make me feel important. I visited up there for the spring game and we got to meet the coaches, tour the facilities. They tell me I’m the number one target on the defensive line.”
Another team that has grabbed Ojulari’s attention was Alabama. Ojulari saw the Tide practice earlier this spring and came away impressed.
“I was over there for a spring practice and it was good and I got to meet head coach Nick Saban.” Ojulari said. “I was real calm and just taking everything in. It was great. He offered me personally in his office and it was really exciting. They always put pass rushers in the NFL and told me I could make an impact.”
The home-state Georgia Bulldogs didn’t offer as early as others, but the Bulldogs have now made the Marietta native a top priority in the 2018 class.
“I went up to Athens for a spring practice but did not get an offer at that time. Ojulari said. “I spoke with Lorenzo Carter after practice and talked to him briefly. A few weeks later running backs coach Dell McGee called and they decided to offer. I was excited about the offer for sure. They want me to come in and play the outside linebacker position. They tell me I’m a priority for them and they need pass rushers in this class.”
After recently offering, the national champion Clemson Tigers are now in the mix for one of the state’s best pass rushers, and have done a great job recruiting him in the last couple weeks.
“Clemson is high on my list.” Ojulari said. “They are recruiting me hard every day. They came by the school recently and I wasn’t expecting an offer, but they made sure I knew they had an offer before they left.”
The Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks are also coming hard after the long pass rusher.
“Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph is on me pretty hard.” Ojulari said. “He keeps telling me I’m his number 1 guy all the time. They say I can make a big impact right away at their Buck position. Hey want me to be a Dante Fowler type.”
With all the schools now in the running, Ojulari admitted that he will likely put out a top 10 at the end of the summer. Some schools in the south are standing out at the moment, but Ojulari is planning to take more visits this summer to check out schools like Notre Dame Oklahoma.
Early playing time, relationship with coaches, and academics are three factors that will go into Ojulari’s decision. Look for him to make that decision during his senior season, or shortly after his senior season as of today.