Azeez Ojulari (Marietta, Ga.) is an emerging defensive end in Georgia, and on March 31 he saw his recruitment expand exponentially. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder heard he landed his first Big 12 offer from Oklahoma early during the day, and then later he found out he had his initial Big Ten look from Maryland. Ojulari previously had offers from NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and a couple others.
“Oh man, I was really excited today,” Ojulari said. “I didn’t think the offers would come in like that. I really want to go visit both Oklahoma and Maryland now. Those are two new conferences for me, and I really want to see what they’re about.”
The Sooners came in first, during the day March 31. Ojulari didn’t speak to a Sooners’ coach, but his high school headman informed him of the verbal.
“My coach had been talking to one of the [assistants] from Oklahoma, and then I heard they wanted to offer me. I was really excited about that offer,” Ojulari said. “I know it’s a big-time program and a great school. I know they play against great competition and they’re known for developing their guys. I’m really excited to see Oklahoma.”
As for Maryland, Ojulari heard from the Terps’ staff directly. He said UMD area recruiter Walt Bell began following him on Twitter early in the day March 31, and then informed him of the offer later on.
“It was kind of out of the blue. Coach Bell just started talking to me, and then he offered,” Ojulari said. “He asked me, ‘Did you hear the big news?’ And I told him I did, my coach had told me about the offer. I told him thanks about the offer. But I really just got in touch with Coach Bell. He literally just contacted me. We haven’t even talked yet. We’ve only exchanged messages over Twitter.
“But I do want to visit. I just have to plan out the trip.”
Naturally, Ojulari is just beginning to familiarize himself with the Terps.
“I know it’s Big Ten, I know it’s a good school, and I know they’re coming up,” Ojulari said. “But I’m still learning about them. I really don’t know that much.”
So far, Ojulari has visited Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Wake Forest. He said each of the trips caught his eye and all four of the programs are on his radar (although Duke hasn’t offered yet). Ojulari said the academics and football programs have his attention from the Jackets, Wolfpack and Deacons.
Next up, the Marietta native is visiting UGA April 1, Auburn April 3, followed by the spring game at Oklahoma if he can make it.
Ojulari is receiving interest from Clemson, AU, UVA and UGA.
“And I’d like to get more interest from Florida, I’d love to have the Clemson offer after I visit, and UGA and Auburn would be big too,” Ojulari said.
The recruit said the main factors in his recruitment are academics, first and foremost, “big-time football,” and a place where he can be successful on and off the field.
“At first I was thinking I wanted to commit this summer, but now I think I’m going to wait with all these offers coming in,” Ojulari said. “I kind of want to go through the whole process.”
Ojulari is coming off a season where he recorded 108 tackles, eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss.