It's been a long road for the Texas A&M staff to rebuild the offensive line. When Coach Mike Sherman took over for Dennis Franchione last year, he inherited a depleted offensive line unit which graduated four seniors and saw the early departure of the fifth starter Yemi Babalola. The roster was particularly thin at the two outside tackle spots where foot speed and quickness are essential. On Tuesday, the Aggies took another step in shoring up the tackle spot when they received a commitment from Allen (TX) offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.
"I called Coach Jordan late Monday night and told him I wanted to commit and then I called Coach Sherman today," Ogbuehi said. "I just felt comfortable there and the coaches are great. It's where I want to be."
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect is best known for his tremendous athleticism and his ability to take on some of the best pass rushers in the state of Texas. During Allen High School's run to the state 5A championship, Ogbuehi went head-to-head with Texas signee Tevin Mims of Round Rock Stony Point in the state semifinal game. His 2008 performance earned him first team all-state in Class 5A.
"I moved over from the defensive line last year and everybody says that I have the athleticism and quickness of a defensive end that plays offensive line," Ogbuehi said. "I faced some good competition, but Mims was probably the best. I thought I did a good job on him and limited his plays."
While speed and quickness is his strength on the field, the lineman is still growing and realizes he must put on more weight and muscle mass if he wants to excel at the next level.
"Overall, I just need to continue to get bigger and stronger and improve in every area of my game," Ogbuehi said. "I'm still growing so I could end up being 6-foot-6" or taller, but I need to get stronger."
Ogbuehi joins fellow Allen teammates Uzoma Nwachukwu and Steven Terrell, who signed with Texas A&M in February. The two seniors were instrumental in providing leadership in the team's championship run, and they were also instrumental in exposing their junior teammate to Texas A&M.
"Before a few weeks ago, Texas A&M wasn't even in my head," Ogbuehi said. "But after hearing how great it was from those guys and then seeing the campus and talking with the coaches, I felt comfortable there. The coaches are serious about football, but they can also laugh and crack jokes off the field."
Ogbuehi has written offers from Texas Tech, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State along with his offer from the Aggies. He indicated Wednesday that his commitment will end the recruiting process and he doesn't plan to take visits to other schools. He does plan to attend the Texas A&M spring game on April 18.
Ogbuehi Discusses A&M Commitment
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