Player Spotlight: Ogaga Ojameruaye

Interview with Shadow Mountain DT

Sometimes it is a good thing to get the names of lesser known players out to the public. The following young man was recommended to 24-7 by new Shadow Mountain head coach Josh Sekoch as being a quality young man that is an asset to his team. We were able to chat with defensive tackle Ogaga Ojameruaye and this is what he had to say… You have an interesting background, tell us a little about yourself.

Ogaga: I was born in Benin, Nigeria. Which is in Africa, my age doesn't really comply with my grade because I started school a little earlier than normal, and skipped the 6th grade. I came to America 4 years ago, due to the fact that my father was being transferred from his place of work in Nigeria to America. He worked in Shell, now in IFESH. I really got interested in football when i first saw a tackle being made on TV while flipping through the channels, don't really remember what teams were playing, but this was freshmen year, when the season was over. So I made up my mind to tryout the next, so I made the JV team. I played varsity my next year, and earned a starting position at nose guard, not that I was the biggest, but I like to say because of my will to play the game and elevate to a much higher level.

24-7: What were your stats last year?

Ogaga: Last year I made 36 tackles and 2 sacks and a whole lot of backfield quarterback chasing.

24-7: What is your official height and weight?

Ogaga: My official height and weight is 6'2ft and 215lbs, which is 2 inches taller and an extra 25lbs of muscle since last year.

24-7: What are your goals for next season?

Ogaga: First of all I have to talk about the team goal which is to make the playoffs next year and win the State Championship. Then my personal goals are to come in as an all state linebacker and offensive lineman and just basically do the best I can as a member of my team.

24-7: What are your first impressions of Coach Sekoch?

Ogaga: My first impression of Coach Sekoch was whoa, a much younger coach who could basically understand more what you go through in your daily life and is much more descriptive of what he does. And also he seems to know the game of football, we'll just have to see how that carries on this year.

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season?

Ogaga: I am preparing for next season by going to the school's weight room every day and running during the evening after our practices. Due to a little financial crisis I won't be attending a camp this year, although I wish I could. I would get a job but I'm not quite old enough.

24-7: What part of your game have you worked hard to improve?

Ogaga: Definitely my speed because football is mostly about speed, I helped improve my speed by joining track next season. I really would like to improve every aspect of my game, because you could never really be the best you can, because a little more effort could get you better than you think you are.

24-7: Who are some teammates we should watch for?

Ogaga: I would definitely say my workout partners who are, Gerald Flunder 11, Austin Glenn 12, Mitch Farney 12, and Eric Young. Not saying this because they are my friends, but because I see them out there giving a 110% everyday and that's what most kids don't really do.

24-7: Who is a teammate you really respect and why?

Ogaga: Definetely Eric young 12, because he has been the only senior there since the first day of the summer even before we new who our new coach was, and still is here giving his A game. But also watch out for Gerald Flunder Next year.

24-7: What are your goals as far as playing football in college?

Ogaga: My goals toward playing football in college don't really have a high standard like I want it to have, so right now I am willing to take any offers, just as long as I stay in pads and out on the field. But through my performance next year I hope to raise the standards a little bit.

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?

Ogaga: I want to be close to home, so I'll go with ASU, U of A, Colorado, Ohio University and Miami.

24-7: Who is the best player you have ever faced?

Ogaga: The best player I have ever played against has to be a running back from Centennial who practically ran over our whole team, but I don't really remember his name (Tim House).

24-7: What other sports do you play?

Ogaga: Last year I did track in which I sprinted a little and threw shotput, discus, and high jumped. I play basketball for fun sometimes
although I have thought of trying out for the team, it just falls in a really tight spot, between football season and final exams.

24-7: What are your best max lifts?

Ogaga: For bench, my best is 320lbs, squat is 415lbs, power clean is 215lbs and my best 40 yard time is 4.9 seconds, although I am really working on it through running the mountain every night and calve raises. These stats are since the end of the school season, haven't really tested ever since.

24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Ogaga: My favorite Athlete would have to be Micheal Vick because he seems to be an all round athlete, not just standing and throwing the ball but running and doing things that you would get from a mixture of two talents in one package.

24-7: What is the bets piece of advice you have ever received?

Ogaga: It would have to be from Coach Sekoch who told me not to think too much while on the field, but just to do what my body is capable of doing at that point the ball is snapped.

24-7: What can we expect from Shadow this year?

Ogaga: With the looks of things and the new coaching staff plus the dedicated athletes on the team equals a successful season as state champs.

24-7: What position would you like to play in college?

Ogaga: Most likely a linebacker or defensive end, but I will be willing to play whatever a coach tells me to play.

24-7: What can a college program expect from you?

Ogaga: A college program should expect a hardworking and talented athlete who is ready to put a 110% effort into the team, academics and everything I do.


The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Ogaga for his time and also thank new Shadow Mountain head coach Josh Sekoch for setting this interview up.

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