David Ojabo, a 3-star defensive end from New Jersey, committed to the University of Michigan Monday morning.
Ojabo is the 32nd ranked defensive end in the country and the 10th best player in New Jersey, according to 247Sports.com. Ojabo selected Michigan over the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas A&M.
Ojabo is the second commit in the past two days for the Wolverines, as 4-star running back Eric Gray committed Sunday night.
Michigan’s strong start to the class of 2019 continues. Ojabo adds his name to an impressive list of incoming defensive lineman including 5-star Chris Hinton, 4-stars Stephen Herron Jr. and Mazi Smith, and 3-star Gabe Newburg.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior at Blair Academy is best known for his speed. He boasts this video of himself running a 10.93 100-meter dash at a track meet in New Jersey. Take a look for yourself:
The good news is Ojabo also plays defensive tackle. The ability to move him to the interior line will increase the likelihood Ojabo sees playing time earlier in his career in Ann Arbor.
The young defensive end is not the most experienced football player. In fact, his entire high school career consists of just seven games. Although that is not up to par, he was very impressive in his limited experience. Ojabo recorded 35 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in that time frame.
Ojabo is typically very quick out of his stance and can put pressure on the quarterback with regularity. This comes from his experience in both track and soccer. Footwork, agility and athleticism are definitely his strongest attributes.
Unfortunately, sometimes this doesn’t translate to the field because he is a very inexperienced football player. Ojabo has the ability to become one of the best players of the class for the Wolverines, but it will take time for his on-field awareness to pan out. The best way that can happen is by getting reps. With more time on the field and learning from an incredible defensive mind like Don Brown, Ojabo can reach his full potential over the next few years.
Here is a highlight tape for Ojabo’s 2017 season:
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