Post-Commitment Reaction: Ojabo's 'Gut Feeling' Leads Him to Michigan

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Ojabo's 'Gut Feeling' Leads Him to Michigan

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Ojabo's 'Gut Feeling' Leads Him to Michigan


2019 Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy strong side defensive end David Ojabo recaps his commitment to Michigan.


Post-Commitment Reaction: Ojabo’s ‘Gut Feeling’ Leads Him to Michigan

David Ojabo will not explore other options now that he’s committed.

On June 18, Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy 2019 four-star strong side defensive end David Ojabo took a trip to Michigan for a camp and visit.

During the trip, he got a unique feeling.

“I had that gut feeling,” Ojabo said. “I don’t know how else to put it. It just felt right.”

Fourteen days later, the 6-foot-5, 223-pound defensive lineman made his pledge to join the Wolverines.

Runner-ups in Ojabo’s commitment were Penn State and Notre Dame. He unofficially visited the Nittany Lions on June 9 and officially visited the Fighting Irish on June 16.

“There were some other schools that maybe could have been, but Michigan felt best,” Ojabo said. “I saw something special in Michigan.”

Ojabo has had a wild recruiting ride, going from Scotland to New Jersey, and now, to Ann Arbor.

The four-star prospect moved to the United States two years ago. When he was a child in Scotland, the chance at playing college football was just a dream that Ojabo figured he’d never be able to catch.

Now, he’s locked in to play for one of the best programs in the nation.

“It’s a blessing,” Ojabo said. “I can’t really let it get to my head. I just keep moving forward. It all just came so fast. Going to the United States is a ‘wow’ moment for anybody. The fact that it actually happened, I knew I was going somewhere.

“Then, the fact that now all this is happening, it’s been so surreal.”

The reason Ojabo explains the entire process as “a blessing” is because he was a quick learner at Blair Academy, especially on the football field. Even though he has just one year under his belt, Ojabo is better than most in the 2019 class.

“It just came to me,” he said. “I’m a quick learner with football and other things. I pick things up, so as soon as I stepped on the pitch, it was over with. The plays came a little slow, but as soon as I got those, it was over.”

When Ojabo took a trip to Michigan, he spent time with Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, who was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2016 class. Ojabo and Gary are a lot alike, but a little different as well.

“He’s such a force,” Ojabo said. “I want to be a quiet force in college. He’s more of a ‘you know I’m a force’ guy because he’s out there loud mouthing. I want to be a quiet version of him.

“I’ll be in contact with him to get advice.”

Ojabo’s primary recruiter was Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison. He is excited for Mattison to help him find his place on the roster.

“I know Coach Mattison will put me in the right spot, right time to mold me how he wants,” Ojabo said. “We are close. We talk almost every day, to be honest.”

As for coach Jim Harbaugh, while some call him a robot, Ojabo said he is unlike any other coach that was involved in his recruitment.

“He’s down to earth,” Ojabo explained. “People look for coaches that are real. He sat down with my parents and told us how it is. He wasn’t trying to sell. He was just talking like normal. That’s what I liked.

“He told me I had an offer, but didn’t bribe me with anything. He kept it real and talked man-to-man.”

Now that Ojabo is pledged to the Wolverines, he will not be exploring other options. He is a Michigan man.

“When a school puts as much trust in you as Michigan has in me, there’s no reason to be one foot in, one foot out. I’m locked in.”

Ojabo is ranked No. 488 in the nation, No. 32 at the defensive end position and No. 10 in New Jersey, according to the 247Sports Composite.

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