Ovie Oghoufo (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Oghoufo talks Irish, Wolverines

2018 LB Ovie Oghoufo is still committed to Notre Dame, but Michigan among others is in hot pursuit.

Committed to Notre Dame since July, 2018 linebacker Ovie Oghoufo has had a lot to think about with the Irish’s recent struggles this past season.

Most notably, whether ND headman Brian Kelly will be staying in South Bend for the foreseeable future.

“I am paying close attention to that,” he said of Kelly’s status. “I’m talking to teammates that are there right now. I’ve been talking to coach Kelly personally and all the coaches that have been recruiting me. Right now I hear for sure that he is coming back next year.”

Adding: “I just keep pushing forward. I’m still committed. So we’ll see.”

However, that hasn’t stopped other schools from recruiting the Michigan All-State linebacker.

“Michigan has offered me, they offered me before Notre Dame did,” he said. “I’ve been hearing a lot from Michigan. I’ve been hearing from Michigan State, Indiana, Maryland, Tennessee, all types of schools from the south and to the east.”

And Oghoufo admits he already has a good relationship in place with his main U-M area recruiter, Tyrone Wheatley.

“We have a very cool relationship, I’ve known him since my freshman year,” he said of Wheatley. “We’ve talked on the phone many times, I’ve gone up to Michigan many times. We kind of have a vibe in Ann Arbor. Then when they brought coach (Chris) Partridge in, he definitely hits me up, I hit him up too. So it’s been pretty good.”

What does Oghoufo want to checkout the next time he makes his way back to Michigan for a visit?

“Probably the atmosphere if I go back down there,” he said. “I would like to meet with the coaches again. Meet with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and see how he is as a head coach. If he’s a coach that can coach me, then I got to see how that feels. I want to me with the linebackers coach, coach of the defense, special teams coach, everyone.

“I also would like to meet with the players over there and see how they feel about Michigan.”

Whether Oghoufo ends up at ND or not, he says he still has certain standards he’s looking for in his future program, and playing early is one of them.

“That’s a big reason why I commit to a school,” he said of playing early. “I would like to see the field early. Also, they must have a good academic program, on the field success, and help achieve my goal of making it in the NFL.”

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