With all of the excitement in Brooklyn these days with the Nets and now the Islanders coming to town, it’s easy to forget there’s a pretty darn good prep football player there narrowing down his list.
Ebenezer Ogundeko, from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York, has officially narrowed down his list to four schools.
His list began at close to 30, with scholarship offers from all over the country, including all the big boys.
Ogundeko is a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid, and at 6’3’’ 230, he has the size to play either in college.
The standout from ‘The BK’ has indicated that the position he’ll play in college will have a large influence on his final decision. Ogundeko wants to not only rush the passer, but drop back into coverage as well. In essence, he’d prefer outside linebacker over defensive end.
Ogundeko’s timed speed may dictate where he plays though. He’s listed at 4.91 in the 40 yard dash, which is not only slow for a defensive end, but downright unacceptable for an outside linebacker. And that kind of speed is certainly not fast enough for an SEC school like Florida or Ole Miss.
I will say though, he plays a lot faster than that in the game. If he just plays defensive end, he can have a major impact on the game. He’s explosive off the snap, has terrific edge rushing speed, and employs one heck of a counter move inside. He does tend to play high sometimes, which leads to him exposing his chest to blockers. Another thing he’ll need to work on his proper hand usage, which will help him keep blockers off his chest.
Ogundeko is having a fantastic season so far for Thomas Jefferson, garnering 13 sacks in addition to 60 tackles. And those numbers are only through 7 games.
Wherever Ogundeko goes, he’ll need to get coached up. He has a ton of natural pass rushing ability, and could be an excellent defensive end- which is where I think he’ll be playing in college. But the talent and potential is certainly there.