Michigan 2019 DE Target Bonds With His Role Model On Visit

Michigan 2019 DE Target Bonds With His Role Model On Visit

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Michigan 2019 DE Target Bonds With His Role Model On Visit


2019 Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy four-star defensive end David Ojabo’s recruitment is blowing up, but Michigan has an ace up its sleeve


Michigan 2019 DE Target Bonds With His Role Model On Visit

It helps when a team has a household name or a prototypical player at a position when recruiting new players.

Such is the case for David Ojabo, the four-star defensive end from Blair Academy (NJ), who took in Ann Arbor this past week in an unofficial visit that saw him partake in the Wolverines camp on Monday.

Ojabo — who is rated as a four-star by ESPN — has spent countless hours perusing YouTube, looking for videos of Michigan SDE Rashan Gary in action. And on Monday, unbeknownst to him, he got to not only see the real deal in person, but he got to work out with him.

Considering that Ojabo wasn’t even planning on participating in the camp — he only planned to take a tour of campus — it’s was a huge win, and something he’s still blown away by days later.

“Yeah, he was coaching me up the whole time,” Ojabo told WolverinesWire. “From when I got there, he pulled me to the side and paid special attention to me.

“It was crazy, because I was watching him on YouTube just a couple days before – I didn’t know he was going to be at the camp. (He was) just hyping me up and it’s crazy to think it’s the same guy that’s going to go at the top of the draft, (that he spent time) coaching me up.”

But Rashan Gary wasn’t the only draw for the nation’s 37th-rated DE (though he tells WolverinesWire that Michigan sees him playing on the weak-side). Getting the opportunity to further learn from the Wolverines defensive gurus — Don Brown and Greg Mattison — made that much more of an impact on him.

“It was crazy, because I actually on a tour of the campus, and wasn’t really in the mindset to do a camp,” Ojabo said. “When it all came to camp time, I (decided to do it). It was a real good camp experience. You learn from one of the best coaches – best coach in the country in Coach Don Brown and Coach Mattison.”

He tells WolverinesWire that he and Mattison, in particular, remain in constant contact, texting each other every day. Considering that his primary objective in selecting a school at the next level is going to, “A place where I feel wanted — a place where I mesh with the guys (and) feel at home,” the holistic approach — the tour, the camp and working out with Rashan Gary — is a good start.

Considering that Ojabo models himself after Gary, his work ethic on the field reveals that pattern — which he notes, you can see on his film.

“I’m a hustler,” Ojabo said. “I just get to the ball, regardless. Even if I get blocked, I just get there. I don’t stop until the play is over. If you watch my film, a lot of my plays are where the quarterback or running back is taking off, and I just make the extra play. I’m just a hustler.”

It’s pretty incredible, especially when you consider that 2017 was just his first year playing football, as the 6-foot-4.5, 233-pound prospect was all-in on basketball before making his foray onto the gridiron.

Ojabo plans on making a decision sooner-than-later, planning to make his decision before the season, but with 35 reported offers, he’s still whittling down his list of suitors, which include some of the nation’s best.

So Michigan still has some work to do, but considering everything, the Wolverines are in fine shape with the three-star prospect.

“It’s hard to say (who leads), but I broke it down from 35 to 9,” Ojabo said. “The ones I’m leaning to as my favorites which are like Virginia, Duke, Penn State, Cal Berkeley, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State – those.”

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