Three’s Company: Syracuse, Florida & Notre Dame Race for Ogundeko

The Fizz looks at the commitment numbers of all three schools fishing for E.O.

The countdown is on to July 20th, when prized defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko will decide where he plays his college career. E.O. will make his announcement at the Aviator Sports complex in Brooklyn, and has narrowed his list of schools to a trifecta: Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Florida.

The 6’3’’ 235 lb. bull rusher recorded some beast mode numbers last season as a junior at Thomas Jefferson HS. E.O. tallied 79 total tackles, along with 11 sacks. Rivals ranks Ogundeko as the 12th best DE in the nation. Having visited each school, E.O. says each is on an even playing field right now.

“I’m going to the school that best fits me. I’m not worrying about not playing. I know whatever school I go to I can play. I’m going to have that kind of confidence.”

Here’s a look at the three finalists:

  • Syracuse

Although SU can’t match the national attention of the Irish and Gators, the Orange looks to be a legit landing spot for him. Ogundeko informed his recruiting brigade earlier in May that he wants to be a package deal with RB Augustus Edwards. What used-to-be 7 schools that have offered both players has now shortened to just one. Edwards hasn’t received the same attention as Ogundeko, but the high school buddies have said it’s “definitely the plan” to suit up together at the next level.

E.O. is also considering the Orange because of its coaching staff. Assistant John Anselmo has been important in recent years in New York City. The defensive end said the opportunity of playing in the Carrier Dome would “mean a lot to him.”

The Orange has had a eventful last few weeks, but Doug Marrone still only has 7 total commits thus far, and just 4 are on the defense. So there’s plenty of space and playing time for Ogundeko. E.O. will also be part of a recruiting class that will spend its entire career in the ACC (we assume). Can Syracuse’s Big Apple pipeline deliver a cornerstone in the rebuilding into a top program? He could join NYC’s Wayne Williams and Delaware’s Isaiah Johnson in destroying opposing QBs.

  • Notre Dame

ND is already up to 14 commitments for the Class of 2013, 8 on the defensive side. The Irish just reeled in the 8th ranked DE in Isaac Rochell out of Georgia. Could the Irish take their foot off the gas in coming hard on E.O.? Brian Kelly also has 5 outside linebackers on that list of commits, a position where Ogundeko may move to. The Irish obviously have an enormous brand, and have lured defensive talent from NYC before in Ishaq Williams. But SU hopes the numbers start crunching Ogundeko.

  • Florida

Just like ND, the Gators already have big numbers and most of those on defense. UF has 17 commits for 2013, twelve on D, and 4 intending to play DE or OLB. Many of the Gator commits recently have been on the defensive side, and they just landed 4-star DE Joey Ivie this weekend. Florida also has once again stressed staying in-state, with 13 Sunshine State recruits. E.O. told ESPN he liked his visit to Gainesville.

“It was great. I got to spend time with the players and coaches. I bonded with the players pretty good. It was a great environment to be in. The weather was great. I liked everything about it.”

The waiting is the hardest part. In a month we’ll see where E.O. will G-O.

Posted: Brendan Glasheen

13 Comments on this Post

  1. Russell MacEachern

    Fella’s I hope that package deal seal’s thing’s for us cause that Carrier dome statement by EO put me off…didnt he visit us 1st then go down to Conn and commit before visiting RU and decommiting?Rivals has him high on the Irish and medium on everyone else!!Edsall just got OT Derwin Gray a 4* but could’nt even hold his team together untill they were forced to hire Locksley, look at their recruit’s…Locksley is saving his job for him…6 month’s ago he could’nt catch a fish!

  2. bigdip

    But he pulled in some monster recruits! Their 2012 class was surprising, but an obvious upgrade for MD.. save the Darius Heyward year..he went Lotterypick with that 4.3 40….back to Edsall/rutgers/EO- after reevaluating his situation “the dome” statement is legit to me, why spurn NYs biggest brand. The young man is elite NY talent..didnt Edwards miss SU camp? That would complicate things, but wanting both recruits seems to play in SUs favor right now! Kids change their minds…SU will get 12 more good players & i wanna see the new ’11-’12 AAJC kids do work for two seasons in the Dome…so really its great to be in the race!

  3. connor

    they both have 4 star d-ends we deserve him

  4. Time for the SU players to start recruiting again and keep SU in the front of his mind!

  5. From watching interviews of E.O., he seems pretty damn certain that he wants to play with Augustus Edwards. Yeah both ND and Florida just brought in a DE of their own so it makes it a real possibility that we may see a Big 3 along the line of scrimmage: Wayne Williams, Isaiah Johnson, and Mr. Ogundeko hopefully.

  6. Hey Glash!!after reading your post Syrause seems to be the place for those two. I hope that your correct with your assessment.
    I’m hoping that playing time helps them to make up their minds as to which school they are going to attend.
    I think playing time at Syracuse would be immediate.

    Nice article guy’s,keep it going. Thank you.

    GO CUSE;

  7. Yeah E.O. thinks he’ll get playing time no matter where he decides to play, but c’mon. He easily has a lot more competition at ND or Florida. Syracuse he’ll make an impact quickly, and he could get a lot of the spotlight in helping this team turn it around.

  8. The real eo

    Sorry dudes I’m going to ND

  9. please come and play here at syracuse. you and your buddy will play here and were headed to the acc, plus the dome is warm all year long..

  10. Where is my rutgers update

    Your boy was 0-4 inelite 11 camps falling short of mvp again

  11. I think we lose this guy to ND, but i like the fact that SU is in these conversations.. gotta be in it to win it..

  12. This young man would fit in well here. I hear he can be another Dwight Freeney and look at where Chandler Jones is after only 3 years at SU. First round draft pick by Coach Bellichik who will mold his defense around CJ.

    ND is a joke and Isahaq has splinters in his butt from sitting the bench.


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