Ogundeji previews Thursday announcement

Three-star defensive end Adetokunbo Ogundeji already knows where he wants to go ahead of tomorrow’s announcement. He broke down all five finalists with Irish Illustrated.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji won’t stretch out his recruitment any longer.

Earlier this week the three-star defensive end from Walled Lake, Mich., settled on that fact. He and his parents had been talking over the process for weeks, in particular since backing off a verbal commitment to Western Michigan earlier in the spring.

Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers and Toledo are the scholarship offers from which Ogundeji will chose around 6 p.m. on Thursday. Buffalo, Miami (Ohio) and Pittsburgh also offered.

“I talked to my parents every week that we’d see a school or a school would offer,” Ogundeji said. “I’d talk to them about it. We did our research and this week it just came down to what school to pick. It was a big decision for me and my parents. The decision that I’m gonna make is gonna help me for the next four years of my life.”

Ogundeji talked about the strong points of each finalist.

Cal: Cal’s a very nice school. Very good academically. One of the things is it has one of my majors, engineering. They’re really top in that. That’s one of the reasons why.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame is a beautiful campus. When I went there, I saw a lot of great people. The coaching staff, I really got along well with the defensive line coach, coach (Keith) Gilmore. There’s a lot of people that were nice. It was really a nice atmosphere when I went there.

Oregon: I like them because for the past few years they’ve been doing well. They’re really good in football. I’ve only talked to them a couple times but I’ve heard from them and they’ve always said how they would utilize me and put me in my position.

Rutgers: I like the people. I think I have a really good relationship with a lot of the coaches, especially their d-line and assistant coach. I really like the d-line coach and the campus was nice.

Toledo: Toledo is very nice. I don’t think a lot of people give them credit because they’re small. But they’re a really good school that I went to. I got to talk with a lot of players and a lot of people that used to go there. They said it was a heck of an experience. They have what I want academically and they’re really good at it too. And they’re near the city.

Ogundeji visited Rutgers earlier this summer.

Notre Dame hosted the 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect twice this summer. Ogundeji first made the trip for camp, during which he scored a scholarship offer. He followed up with another visit and gave it rave reviews.

“Campus was beautiful,” Ogundeji said. “It was great. There was a lot of tradition and I loved all of the buildings. On my last visit, I didn’t get to see much of campus, so it was great that I got to do that this time. It was the best campus I have seen so far.”

All that remains for Ogundeji between now and announcing his destination are the final details. Everything else has been put to rest.

“I already know where I wanna go,” he said.


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