November 23, 2014

Ogundeko is heading south

Clemson Friday landed a top DE in Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn

Clemson Friday landed a top DE in Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn

DE Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn Friday announced a commitment to Clemson during the Under Armour All American Game in St. Petersburg, FL.  Ogundeko chose the Tigers over Syracuse.  “It’s the coaches, and I just felt comfortable there,” he said.  “It’s not far from home.  I’m just ready to go there and compete in the ACC.”  He will enroll at Clemson for the spring semester and will be able to go thru spring practice.  Ogundeko also took official visits to Arizona State and Florida.  This past season Ogundeko totaled 74 tackles and 17 sacks.  He had 12 sacks as a junior.  He becomes the 16th commitment for Clemson’s 2013 class.

LB Jonathan Walton of Mobile, AL met with USC linebackers coach Kirk Botkin Friday and set his official visit to USC for January 18th.  “I think the meeting went well,” Walton said.  “I get along well with coach Botkin.”  Auburn also visited with Walton today.  He has been committed to Penn State and, for now, is holding to that.  “I feel like I’m pretty solid but I’m still looking for the best fit for me, the best home,” Walton said.  “I feel like Penn State is but I’ve never been to Columbia and won’t know if it is until I visit.”  Walton has taken official visits to Penn State and Minnesota and is not sure if he’ll take others.  He’s waiting to see what other offers come in before deciding on other visits.

Clemson WR target Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA has decided not to make an announcement Saturday during the Army All American Game.  Robinson has been committed to Clemson and Florida at different times, most recently to Clemson.  But he said earlier in the week that he was favoring Florida.

LB Yannick Ngakoue of Washington, DC was at the Under Armour Game this week and in a video interview late in the week with Rivals.com he said he was down to a final three of USC, Maryland and Florida State. “If I go to Maryland, I can stay home and my mom can see me play,” Ngakoue said. “With Florida State, I have a real good relationship with coach Sal (Sunseri). He tells me I could be a good fit in their defense. And South Carolina wants me to play inside linebacker and I like coach Spurrier a lot.” Ngakoue said distance will not be a factor in his thinking and he won’t announce until Signing Day. “It’s going to be what’s best my mom thinks is for me,” he said. “When I take my visits, I will know it’s home.” He has visited Maryland and is scheduled to visit Florida State January 12th and USC the following weekend.

RB David Williams of Philadelphia will announce his commitment during the Semper Fidelis Game in Carson, CA. That game will kickoff at 9:00 PM on the NFL Network. Williams has been favoring USC over Penn State, Arizona State and Ohio State. Clemson will have one target announcing Saturday afternoon during the Army All American Game in San Antonio. Former commitment Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA is down to Clemson and Florida. Earlier this week he said he was favoring the Gators. That game will kickoff at Noon on NBC. USC target OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD had planned to announce during the Under Armour Game but he announced via Twitter Thursday night that he will not announce then. He has narrowed his decision to USC and Maryland. He has taken an official visit to Maryland and is scheduled to visit USC January 19th.

USC is working its way into a strong position with DL Deadrin Senat of Immokalee, FL. Senat said he talked to his Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus last week and plans to call him Friday. “We just talked a little bit about the recruiting process,” Senat said. “I really want to go there, but I’ve got to visit there first.” Senat plans to take several visits, official and unofficial, this month, and will start setting up those visits next week. The former Florida State commitment also has offers from Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss, Miami, Louisville, Georgia, Auburn and Arkansas. “My options are open,” Senat said. He played in the Offense-Defense Game Monday in Houston (“I had 5-6 tackles”) and will play in the USA vs Canada Game Saturday night in San Antonio following the Army All American Game.

DB David Kamara of Loganville, GA has narrowed his list to Clemson, LSU and Ole Miss. He has scheduled two of his official visits. Kamara will visit LSU January 11th and Ole Miss two weeks later. He wants to visit Clemson the weekend of the 18th. “If I can get it scheduled for that weekend, I’m definitely going,” said Kamara from the Semper Fidelis Bowl. “I’m working on it.” Maryland was the most recent school eliminated from Kamara’s list. “Yeah, they were coming on strong but I’m not considering them anymore,” he said. “I’ve been talking to LSU a lot lately.” Kamara has no favorite among his final list and says all three schools are even. He did not name a date for a decision.

Northwestern junior QB Mason Rudolph has been offered by LSU and Virginia Tech thus far and is looking for more. USC is among the other schools showing some interest. “They said they would continue to watch my progress,” Rudolph said. “It would be cool to hear (about an offer) from them.” Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Notre Dame also are showing interest. Rudolph will go to some junior days this spring at the schools which have offered him. He does not have a favorite. This season Rudolph passed for nearly 4000 yards and 41 touchdowns and he rushed for nearly 500 yards and 10 scores.

Clemson is one of 27 offers for DB Tony Brown of Beaumont, TX. Brown plays corner and safety and can also play receiver. Some of his other offers are Alabama, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida. “All the schools recruiting me have a chance,” said Brown. “I look at all of them the same.” Brown said he doesn’t have a lot of information at this point. “I know they have a good offense,’ he said, “but I don’t know much about their defense.” He was going to visit Clemson last summer but didn’t make it, and he might visit this summer. Brown said he will not make an early decision and will go thru the entire recruiting process. He does not have a favorite.

DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe has not been offered yet but feels USC or North Carolina will be the first. He’s hearing from those two along with Clemson and LSU. He went to games this season at USC, Clemson and North Carolina. “USC has a good program and good defensive players,” Rodney said. “I think coach Spurrier is a good coach and coach Lawing is a good defensive line coach. I have talked to coaches from Clemson but their program is going in the right direction and they send a lot of defensive linemen to the NFL.” Rodney said he will visit LSU for a junior day February 9th. He does not have a favorite. This season Rodney had 133 tackles with 27 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.