Ebenezer Ogundeko to Clemson: Tigers Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 4, 2013

Four-star recruit Ebenezer Ogundeko has signed with the Clemson Tigers, according to Fox Sports' John Garcia Jr.

DE/OLB Ebenezer Ogundeko, top football prospect in New York, announces his commitment to #Clemson. He moves in Sunday.

— John Garcia Jr. (@JohnGarcia_Jr) January 4, 2013

The 6'3", 229-pound defensive end from Brooklyn received offers ranging from the SEC to the Pac-12 to ACC during the courting process, making official visits to Arizona State, Florida, Clemson and Syracuse in 2012.

Ogundeko, who decommitted from Connecticut in March, has a strong build with quick burst off the line. He's displayed good technique at Thomas Jefferson High School, using his arms well to create separation and showing good position defending the run off the edge.

Ogundeko also pursues at good angles and has a non-stop motor, which could see him make tackles from the backfield and down the field. 

He's not perfect, however. He does need to work on his consistency and he has the tendency to go for a big hit instead of just wrapping up the opponent, sometimes allowing the ball-carrier to bounce off him and get away.

But he's shown the ability as a pass rusher and a run-stuffer and his pure talent level, combined with his motor, could make him a force in no time with some coaching. Overall, you have a solid recruit who has the potential to be an impact player.

It's not often that you see a standout recruit from New York City, but Ogundeko's talent is undeniable and there's a reason he was recruited by so many high-profile schools. Given a bit more time to develop and mature, he could be a handful in college.


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