The Irish commits in South Bend on Saturday had devised a plan to get in the ears of the highly-ranked recruits on unofficial visits. Ovie Oghoufo feels confident that their plan will pay off down the road.
“I thought it was a great game,” Oghoufo said. “I know us recruits, we enjoyed ourselves. I think the recruits who haven't committed enjoyed themselves too. The defense, itself, started slow but they picked things up throughout the game. I liked the packages, the blitz packages that (Mike) Elko put in, the linebacker stunts, the way coach (Clark) Lea coached the linebackers. I watched them as they were going through drills. Even our offense, the way (Brandon) Wimbush and Ian (Book) threw the ball, the receivers looked great. It just looked like a whole new team."
The 6-foot-3, 209-pound linebacker was impressed with what he saw from Elko.
“I think it’s going to be very successful,” Oghoufo said. “I didn’t really watch a lot of Mike Elko at Wake Forest, but looking at it now, it’s going to be good. It’s his packages, he keeps the offense guessing. That’s really good on the defensive side of the ball. They caused more havoc. If they could’ve hit the quarterback, they could’ve got a lot of sacks today. I like that.”
Oghoufo was excited to see a fellow Michigan product produce in the front seven.
“Daelin (Hayes), he’s from the city (Detroit) too, so it was good seeing him ball out out there, too,” Oghoufo said.
Oghoufo felt the recruiting efforts put forth by him and his future teammates affected the top prospects they pitched.
“I did talk a lot with Dallas (Gant) and I did talk with Chase (Cota)," Oghoufo said. "Those are the two guys I really want committed. Chase, because of the way he plays. He’s cool-headed in how he goes about things.
“Dallas, he’s a playmaker. I talked with him, I think it's only a matter of time. I think there's a good chance with Dallas. Dallas has visited many times."
When the Blue-Gold Game event came to a conclusion, Oghoufo made his way to Chicago, where he’s staying the night before competing in the Under Armour All-America Camp in the area.
“I know (Kalon) Gervin is going to be there and Micah (Jones) is going to be there,” Oghoufo said. “We’re just trying to get Under Armour All-America, that’s the goal.”
The early commitments that the Irish received have created a solid foundation for the class. On top of that, a strong bond has formed among the group of high-character, determined athletes. Together, this unit has been monumental in their recruiting efforts, which will very likely lead to several more talented additions to the already notable class.
Oghoufo also said he plans to do early enrolment at Notre Dame, meaning he’ll have a chance to play in next year’s Blue-Gold Game.