Ojemudia Draws Big Comparison

Mario Ojemudia is an intriguing athlete from Michigan which is a state that Syracuse is taking full advantage of with Tyrone Wheatley on the staff this year. The Farmington Hills native currently plays outside linebacker, but apparently the Orange see a ton of potential in him as a defensive end if he lined up in the Carrier Dome.

Mario Ojemudia, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end from Harrison High School has been busy building a great relationship with Tyrone Wheatley who seems to be blazing a trail for Syracuse in recruiting this year and apparently the Orange think he's very much like a former star of theirs.

"I talked to Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley a few times and I actually really like him as a coach," Ojemudia stated. "He talks to you like a real person, shows genuine interest in you as a person and a player and is an easy guy to talk to. We talk about the recruiting process a little bit, but most of our conversations stay away from football and focus more on life in general."

"I don't know much about Syracuse at this point to be honest," Ojemudia explained. "Coach Wheatley compared my highlights to Dwight Freeney and said we were similar and that got me pretty excited. They really like me at defensive end and I think that would be the best place for me at the collegiate level. I'm very fast off the end and have a very long reach. I also use my hand really well, so that goes to my advantage."

"Coach Wheatley talked to me about taking a trip up to the spring game or a spring practice," Ojemudia added. "I'm definitely going to try to do that. He's going to come out to watch me in the spring as well, so we'll see what happens going forward from there."

As a junior, Ojemudia had 101 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble.

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