February 16, 2011
Top Michigan DE likes Spartans
In what is shaping up to be a very good year for talent in Michigan Mario Ojemudia of Farmington Hills Harrison looks to be the top defensive end prospect in the state. The Spartans believe he is a high-level recruit and hope to add him to the 2012 recruiting class. SpartanMag.com spoke with Ojemudia and has the latest.
Last fall Ojemudia was one of the key figures in helping Harrison High school win their record 13th State Championship. He racked up racked up 127 tackles on the season from his defensive end spot, including 12 sacks and 3 forced fumbles His outstanding play at the defensive end spot garnered him numerous accolades, including being named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team. Ojemudia was one of only three underclassmen to receive that honor.
SpartanMag.com reported on the UnderGround Bunker that Ojemudia was offered by Michigan State and Michigan last week. We asked him about his current scholarship and the teams that are actively recruiting him.
"I am being recruited by Nebraska, Michigan State, Michigan, Cincinnati, Penn State, Iowa, Alabama, Purdue and a few more," he stated. "Right now I have scholarship offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois and Syracuse."
One of the reason why teams like Ojemudia so much is he actually has versatility to play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball. We asked him about his current height and weight and where teams project him at in college?
"Right now I am 6-foot-2, 216-pounds. Teams are saying could play both defensive end and linebacker. Wherever I can help the team."
With many teams using players in hybrid type of rolls, a player like Ojemudia could play with a hand down or drop into coverage depending on the situation. It is possible he could play a roles similar to the one Julian Peterson played when he was at Michigan State. Ojemudia has the frame to be a player that can carry 240-245-pounds.
As far as getting an offered from the Spartan, Ojemudia had the following to say.
"It was really exciting getting an offer from Michigan State because I grew up a fan of them and can really see myself fitting into the program."
Ojemudia attend eth Spartan Junior Day back in January and plans on coming back up to East Lansing later this spring to check out spring practice or possibly the Green and White game. You can be sure the Michigan State will be looking forward having him back on campus.
With Farmington Hills Harrison returning Ojemudia as well as D1 prospect Aaron Burbridge, Devin Funchess and Jake Vento, the expectations are high for the Hawks. 2012 could be the best team legendary coach John Herrington has had at Harrison. We asked Ojemudia about the upcoming season.
"I expect this years' team to have the exact same outcome as last year's team."
With Ojemudia pressuring opposing quarterbacks and running backs don' bet against Harrison celebrating in Ford Field once again.
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