Ovie Oghoufo Ovie Oghoufo was the fifth commitment to jump into Notre Dame’s recruiting class. Throughout his productive high school career, the 6-foot-3, 209-pound, four-star linebacker has bonded with another current member of the Irish class.
“Me and Kalon (Gervin) go back to eighth grade,” Oghoufo said. “We kind of started the process together. Me and Kalon got our first offers on the same day at the same time, by Akron. From then on, we just connected. He went to Cass (Tech), I went to Harrison, but we always went to camps and we always had a good relationship.”
Once Oghoufo committed, he went to work on his fellow Michigan standout, to encourage the high-talent cornerback to join him in South Bend.
“I ended up committing to Notre Dame, but Kalon still hadn’t got it at that point,” Oghoufo said. “I just kept telling him it was coming. He always wanted an offer from Notre Dame but didn’t know if he wanted to go there or not.
“When I committed to Notre Dame, he was thinking, ‘a guy from Michigan who I work out with all the time committed there, it must be a good place. I kept talking to coach (Mike) Elko, coach (Mike) Elston and coach (Brian) Kelly to try to get him offered. I knew if he got offered, Notre Dame would be the top school on his list. Of course, he got the offer and he committed.”
Now that Gervin is committed to Notre Dame, the two Michigan talents have turned their attention to helping recruit the final pieces of the puzzle to their defense. This weekend, they have one particular name in mind.
“Dallas Gant is a heck of a player,” Oghoufo said. “I feel like there are one or two linebacker spots left, probably fill the roster up for the 2018 class. Gant, he kind of plays a little bit like (Matt) Bo (Bauer), I think. He’s a really good player and wherever he goes, he’s going to make that team better.”
Although the current commits have been successful in contacting many of their top targets, the Ohio linebacker on the spotlight hasn’t been as accessible.
“Dallas seems like he’s a little bit to himself,” Oghoufo said. “I’m just saying, if he commits, that’s another big-time player. I know Markese (Stepp) and Kalon are really pushing for him. I’m really pushing for him too. We all went to the Junior Day, he was the only one who didn’t commit. So, we’re pushing for it because he’s really, really good. He could really help us.”
Oghoufo is ecstatic to know Gervin will be lining up on the same defense as him in South Bend.
He hopes Gant will join them.
“Me and Dallas vibe really well, so, that’s my dude,” Oghoufo said. “I really want him to be my teammate.”