Michigan defensive end David Ojabo has not been able to join his teammates for workouts in Ann Arbor and is still in Scotland as the travel ban from the coronavirus pandemic continues. The news was confirmed by multiple outlets on Tuesday evening after a tweet from the redshirt freshman defensive end.
sucks being locked out the country and away from my teammates seems like a never ending dream at this point! miss my brothers man.— David Ojabo (@DavidOjabo) July 14, 2020
“Sucks being locked out the country and away from my teammates,” Ojabo wrote. “Seems like a never ending dream at this point! Miss my brothers man.”
Ojabo was born in Nigeria and moved to Scotland in 2007 and went to high school in the United States. The Wolverines recruited him out of Blair Academy in New Jersey in the class of 2019. He went home to Scotland at the beginning of the pandemic, but the United States still currently has a travel ban in effect from the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.
Outside of the caliber of player — who defensive coordinator Don Brown talked up earlier this offseason as a breakout candidate — that Michigan is currently missing out on, you hope and wish for the best for the person, as well. The Wolverines have a pair of international students in addition to Ojabo on the roster in Julius Welschof (Germany) and Luiji Vilain (Canada), but those players stayed in Ann Arbor throughout the pandemic.
Ojabo was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and figures to be a key part of the rotation whenever football is played again. Michigan has had student-athletes on campus since mid-June and football players are currently preparing to play this fall as of this posting. However, it remains to be seen if and when Ojabo makes his way back to his teammates in Ann Arbor.