Ogundeji is lucky 13

Three-star defensive end Adetokunbo Ogundeji almost committed to Notre Dame last month. Less than three weeks later, Ogundeji acted on that notion. He’s commitment No. 13 for the Irish.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji almost committed to Notre Dame last month.

Two visits — one for camp and the other for a more in-depth tour — got him thinking about ending his recruitment for a second time. But instead, the three-star defensive end from Walled Lake, Mich., chose to consider all his options more, even after the Irish offered following that summer camp visit.

Today, almost three weeks after those Irish visits, Ogundeji committed to the place he knew he’d eventually go, giving Notre Dame its 13th verbal commitment in the Class of 2016.

"They've been absolutely great," Ogundeji told the crowd at his announcement ceremony. "When I went there I thought, 'This might be it.' I had a great time there. Me and my mom talked about it. Academics are really high there ... The coaching staff, I really had a good relationship with. I loved it."

Notre Dame landed Ogundeji over finalists Cal, Oregon, Rutgers and Toledo. Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Pittsburgh and Western Michigan had also offered.

Ogundeji originally committed to Western Michigan in February. He reopened the recruiting process in May then collected more offers. Notre Dame made its move in late June after working out the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect at camp.

“I did go to camp and it was a great experience,” Ogundeji told Scout.com afterward. “I learned a lot from the coaches. They got straight to the point. The campus is really nice. I had never been to Indiana before or Notre Dame before. It was one heck of an experience.”

Adding Ogundeji to its current recruiting haul gives the Irish a second defensive end to go along with four-star prospect Julian Okwara. Three-star outside linebacker Jamir Jones also likely moves to defensive end at the college level.

Ogundeji is the first pledge from Michigan this cycle. Notre Dame now has commitments from seven different states and Canada.


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