Kirk Ferentz and Phil Parker conducted an in-home visit with Michael Ojemudia Tuesday night. The Iowa head coach and defensive coordinator tried to make the Michigan safety feel wanted. In the end, they closed the deal before leaving the house.
"They emphasized what impact this year's incoming class and I can have on the Hawkeyes. That's actually when I committed," Ojemudia said.
The Farmington Hills (MI) Harrison High senior went public with his decision on Wednesday evening.
"I chose Iowa because it felt like home. I love the staff, the campus, and all the new facilities," he said.
January turned out to be an eventful month for Ojemudia (6-2, 190). He came into it committed to Eastern Michigan. He'd exited it heading to the Big Ten.
Iowa played host to Ojemudia last weekend on an official visit and offered him a scholarship. Indiana jumped in with an offer Sunday night and pushed for him to officially visit Bloomington this week.
"It's been exciting receiving two Big Ten offers a week before signing day," he said.
Ojemudia told HI Sunday when he returned from his Iowa official that he was concerned with the long distance from his Detroit-area home. He resolved that during the last few days.
"My family and I are comfortable with the distance because it will be like another home. They will still try to make it to as many games as they can," he said.
Ojemudia said he'd like to make an early impact at Iowa and help win championships.
"It would be nice to play as a true freshman. It was mentioned that I could play on special teams and possibly on defense considering their need at safety," he said.
The Hawkeyes see Ojemudia as a strong safety, he said. Johnny Lowdermilk used up his eligibility this fall after starting at the position for Iowa the last two seasons.
Ojemudia's pledge brings Iowa's 2015 Recruiting Class to 18 known commitments. The group likely will wind up in the low 20s. Signing day is next Wednesday.