The Irish have sifted through the top talent in Georgia and have found several talented defensive linemen. Count Azeez Ojulari in that group. The Marietta High School (Marietta) defensive end notched 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks during his junior season.
Ojulari has watched his offer list grow to include Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
The Irish have been reminding Ojulari that his talents are needed in South Bend.
“I just got some letters from their coaching staff,” Ojulari said. “They’ve been showing me a lot of love and they’ve just been really, really interested in me. All I’ve really got to do is get on campus. That’s what I’m really trying to do.”
With his junior year coming to an end and college decision looming, Ojulari plans to learn more about the Irish over the coming months.
“I’m supposed to be visiting over the summer, for sure,” Ojulari said. “That’s one of my biggest schools, too. I have to go visit over the summer because they’re really interested in me.”
Ojulari is intrigued with the history of Notre Dame athletes achieving professional success on and off the football field.
“I know it’s a great academic school, so it’s not just great football, you can get a great degree and a great life after football,” Ojulari said. “Plenty of NFL players went to Notre Dame, so I know they’re a good program. I’m interested in the two. It’s big time football.”
With several strong programs from the south pushing for Ojulari’s commitment, getting him on campus will be critical.
“Clemson just came in and they’re recruiting me hard,” Ojulari said. “Tennessee have been recruiting me hard too. Alabama messages me every other day. Georgia is trying to get in the mix too. Georgia Tech, since day one, they’ve been on me big time. South Carolina too.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound talent is planning to narrow things down in the coming months.
“A top group is forming really fast,” Ojulari said. “Probably midway through the summer, I’ll have a list. I’ll probably commit after the season. I’ll probably take some of my official visits.”
Ojulari is familiar with a member of Notre Dame’s current class, a star from one of Marietta’s rivals. Top talent from his home state committing to Notre Dame has caught his attention.
“I really don’t know the Midwest area,” Ojulari said. “I know that a safety from Lassiter committed to Notre Dame, Derrik Allen. He’s good.”
Like all recruits from the south who hold a spot among Notre Dame’s board, their recruitment is going to take work to bend it toward South Bend. So far, the Irish have Ojulari’s attention. Getting him on campus is the next step.