Ojemudia's Rising Star

Mario Ojemudia

Mario Ojemudia's first offer came from Michigan State early last month. "Michigan State has a very good team," Ojemudia said. "They seem to be improving every year. It's a really nice place and I love their facilities." Michigan is also recruiting him as a d-end and Ojemudia says the Wolverines are recruiting him the hardest. "I get lots of letters and emails from them. I really liked seeing..."

Mario Ojemudia, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound four-star defensive end/outside linebacker from Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Mich., has scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Missouri, Illinois and Syracuse.

While still denying a leader, Scout.com's No. 17 defensive tackle favors Stanford, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State.

He says he grew up following Michigan State and Penn State. "I liked Michigan State because they were always the underdog, so I rooted for them," he said.

"And I liked Penn State because of coach Joe Paterno and their tradition," he said. "They have great history and always seem to be a top team."

Ojemudia's first scholarship offer came from the Spartans early last month. "Michigan State has a very good team," he said. "They seem to be improving every year. It's a really nice place and I love their facilities."

He says the Spartans are recruiting him for defensive end. Michigan State's in-state rival, Michigan, is also recruiting him as a d-end and Ojemudia says the Wolverines are recruiting him the hardest. "I get lots of letters and emails from them," he said

Ojemudia lives only about 45 minutes from Michigan and about an hour from Michigan State. "That doesn't matter to me," he said about the distance.

He has attended junior days at both Michigan and Michigan State as well.

"I really liked seeing how they run practice there," he said about Michigan. "The coaches seem very down-to-earth and seem easy to get along with. Coach Brady Hoke is real enthusiastic about being the Michigan coach and I like that he's laid-back and doesn't yet a lot."

On May 21, Ojemudia will be attending a Nike camp at Ohio State, but he admits the Buckeyes are not recruiting him heavily. "I'd like to get an offer from them," he admitted. "But they aren't talking to me much."

So why is Ojemudia interested in the Buckeyes? "They are always so dominant," he said. "Ohio State is like an SEC team in the Big Ten."

Besides the camp at Ohio State, Ojemudia also plans to visit Stanford during the summer. "They are an all-around great school," he said about the Cardinal. "They have great academics and I think the football program is gonna be on top for a while."

He says the Cardinal are recruiting as an outside linebacker.

Ojemudia says he does not have a timeframe for making a decision. "I originally wanted to commit before the season," he said. "But I'm not sure I'll get it done. I don't think I'll know yet.

"I'm not looking for anything specific," he said. "I want to see how I feel around the coaches and how we interact.

"I'd also like to play for a team that is winning or on-the-rise," he said.

Ojemudia finished his junior season with 127 tackles and 12 sacks.

"I have great speed," he said. "I'm very aggressive and I play hard and fast."

He says he can bench 315-pounds, squat 455 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

"I want to work on shedding blockers," he said. "I'm trying to get bigger and stronger too."

Ojemudia plans to major in engineering and reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 23 ACT.

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