April 13, 2011

In-state battle for Michigan DE?

One of the top prospects in Michigan for the class of 2012 is defensive end prospect Mario Ojemudia of Farmington Hills Harrison High School. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.

Over the years Farmington Hills Harrison has had some talented players, but many of them have starred on the offensive side of the ball. In 2012 the Hawks not only have one of the top defensive players in the state in Ojemudia, but also one of the top defensive end recruits in the Midwest

Earlier this spring both Michigan State and Michigan extended a scholarship offer to Ojemudia. That fact alone made him one of a few select prospects that the Spartans and Wolverines both covet. Since that time he has continued to pick up more offers and the latest comes from a big 12 team.

"I have a total of 6 offers now," Ojemudia stated. "Missouri is the latest school to offer. Plus I have scholarship from Syracuse, Stanford, Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State."

The last few years the Spartans and Wolverines have not gone head to head for many in-state prospect. Much of that was due to the Wolverines focusing on out of state players while Michigan Stat was making the home front a priority. Some of it also had to do with the two teams running different style of offense and defense. Both teams believe Ojemudia has the skills to help them win games.
We asked Ojemudia if he has been to any spring practices or if he has plans to attend any in the near future.

"I went to a practice at the University of Michigan," he stated. "It went well; I really liked the coaching staff. I am going to try and make it up to Michigan State's spring game."

At 6-foot-3m 215-pound Ojemudia still has some filling out to do in order be an every-down defensive end in a conference as the Big Ten, but that should not be a problem. Spartanmag.com expects Ojemudia will likely be one of those players that ends up in the 245-250-pouind range in college Both the Spartans and Wolverines see Ojemudia as a defensive end, the Stanford Cardinal actually are recruiting him as a linebacker.

Ojemudia informed us that he is not in a hurry to make his college choice. At this point in time he is still focused on learning more about all of the programs and developing rapport with not only the coaches but the current players and other recruits that he could end up playing with.

SpartanMag.com asked Ojemudia if there is anything specific he is looking for in his college choice and what stands out to him as far as Michigan State University?

"There is not a lot of specific stuff that I am looking for in a college it is mostly just instinct of knowing what the right place is," Ojemudia said. "Having a good relationship with the coaching staff is very important. I like State, I grew up a fan and I think they are going to be a very good team. I also like their coaching staff too."

Ojemudia is looking forward to his senior season. The Hawks will be looking to defend their state championship and win another one under the leadership of legendary Coach John Herrington.

The first game of the season is shaping up to be one of the most talked about in recent memory. Harrison will play Cass Tech High school at 8PM on August 27 in the marquee match-up in the Big Day Prep Showdown at Eastern Michigan University. Both teams are loaded with multiple Division 1 football prospects. Ojemudia indicated that he will not get involved with all the "talk" that will lead up to the game. He will let his playing do the talking for him.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in touch with Ojemudia as his recruitment advances. We expect he will be one of the top players at his position in the nation when Rivals.com releases their national position rankings.


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