Michigan Surprises FHH's Ojemudia

Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end Mario Ojemudia has long been considered a Michigan State lean. Did Michigan make enough of an impression during his junior day visit to cut into that advantage? GoBlueWolverine gets the latest.

When it comes to the recruitment of Mario Ojemudia, the Michigan Wolverines haven't been high on his list, and they haven't been low either -- they have just about been non-existent. Last Saturday's junior day in Ann Arbor went a long way toward changing that.

"Michigan really surprised me. The coaching staff was really into the practice, more-so then any staff I have seen so far. It was a good visit that I enjoyed because of the coaching staff."

Up until Saturday it was all about the Spartans of Michigan State for Mario, but being up in Ann Arbor gave him a new outlook at what Michigan has to offer.

"My visit built up a lot of interest in Michigan, because I was not interested in them before. It was all about Michigan State. I just couldn't see myself liking Michigan. It was the whole experience up there with the coaches that changed things for me. I like how they practiced -- everyone was hustling and the coaches were not yelling, they were coaching the players more than yelling at them."

Talking with the coaches helped Ojemudia understand what direction they are moving in at Michigan.

"I had a chance to talk to the defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, and he was really enthusiastic about the tradition up at Michigan. The defensive coordinator Greg Mattison was telling me how bad they need a speed rusher and how I could help them. Then I had a chance to speak with Head Coach Brady. Hoke I really like Coach Hoke. Michigan is going to be back on the map. He really wants me to keep coming up to Michigan to visit."

Having had a chance to see Michigan practice, Mario saw firsthand that he likes what the Wolverines will be doing a lot of during the season.

"Watching Michigan practice, they seem to always have pressure coming at the quarterback. I could fit in with what they do, either at defensive end or outside linebacker."

There were also a few players during the scrimmage that stood out to the young defensive end.

"Number 53 (Ryan Van Bergen) -- who I noticed had the same number that I wear -- he looked like he was one of the best players on defense the way he was playing. Number 73 (Will Campbell) -- in one on one drills no one could block that guy he was really throwing offensive lineman around out there."

Michigan's facilities stood out as well.

"Everything was just real nice -- the locker room weight room and the two indoor practice fields."

Mario will be taking his time with recruiting, although he feels when the time comes to choose a college he will be ready.

"As of right now everyone is equal. I have no favorites as far as my decision. I might commit before the season. I will know what college I will attend. When I see what I like I will know the feeling of where I will go to college."


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