Ogundeko Has Leader After Notre Dame Visit

Ebenezer Ogundeko

Ebenezer Ogundeko of Thomas Jefferson High (Brooklyn) made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame on Monday, and after he left he told IrishEyes.com he had a leader, and he was pushing back his announcement plans.

After leaving Notre Dame's campus following a Monday unofficial visit, Thomas Jefferson High (Brooklyn) defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko divulged for the first time he had a leader.

"Notre Dame," he said about which school leads.

However, it wasn't anything the Irish sold him on that made him act that way. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Ogundeko said he went into the visit with the Irish in the lead, and his visit only enhanced his view of the school.

"I learned how the facilities are, and the connection I have with the players is pretty good," he said. "It was very good. I liked the facilities, I liked the stadium and I liked the buildings, too."

Ogundeko toured the campus with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, and also met with coach Brian Kelly.

Ogundeko said Kelly didn't have any special message for him, but spending time with Diaco helped strengthen their bond.

"He's a pretty good guy. I like him a lot," Ogundeko said. "He keeps it real and he's a good person. They said I would play defensive end and outside linebacker, kind of like a hybrid. I see myself fitting in playing in that 3-4 defense and rushing off the end."

Part of the day also included an academic presentation, and that left a mark with Ogundeko, who plans to major in engineering.

"It fits into what I want to major in and play football at the same time, and still be comfortable," he said. "It's pretty big, pretty important, to know that I can play football and get a great education at the same time."

Ogundeko recently released a Top 10 that included the Irish, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Syracuse, Connecticut, Arizona State, West Virginia, Penn State and Boise State, and he was looking at an Aug. 14 announcement.

However, he said Penn State is no longer in the picture, and he also altered his decision date to give him more time. He will now announce the first week of January.

"I think I'm going make my decision at the Under Armour (All-American) game," Ogundeko said. "I recognize I need to take my official visits to see other schools."

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