Notre Dame added another recruit to its 2016 class despite the dead period getting a verbal from rangy defensive end Adetokunbo Ogundeji on Thursday.
When Ogundeji made his announcement few were surprised Notre Dame’s name was called. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound, rising star had narrowed his list of offers down to Pitt, Rutgers, Cal, Toledo, and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish had received two unofficial visits from Ogundeji, on Jun. 18 and June 27, leading many to believe his commitment to Notre Dame was just a matter of time.
Other programs to offer the Walled Lake, Mich., talent included Oregon, Buffalo, and Miami (Ohio). Western Michigan almost landed a big one, receiving a verbal from the in-state prospect on Feb. 23. In the offseason more and more teams caught on to Ogundeji’s talents leading to a wider circle of opportunities and a parting of ways with the Broncos.
Ogundeji helped Walled Lake Central to a 9-4 record in 2014 and a run into the Michigan high school playoffs before falling to Clarkston 40-22.
Notre Dame now has 13 verbal commitments in its 2016 recruiting class. Ogundeji is the second defensive end commitment, joining Julian Okwara (Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, N.C.)
Notre Dame 2016 Verbal Commitment List
OG Parker Boudreaux, 6-4, 287 lbs, Bishop Moore Catholic, Orlando, Florida
WR Chase Claypool, 6-5, 205 lbs, Abbotsford HS, Abbotsford, British Columbia OT Liam Eichenberg, 6’6”, 290 lbs, St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland, Ohio
CB/WR Jalen Elliott, 6-1, 175 lbs, Lloyd C. Bird HS, Chesterfield, Virginia
LB Jamir Jones, 6-3, 230 lbs, Aquinas Institute, Rochester, New York
RB Tony Jones Jr., 6-0, 212 lbs, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
OT Tommy Kraemer, 6-5, 305 lbs, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio
CB Julian Love, 5-11, 175 lbs, Nazareth Academy, LaGrange Park, Illinois
DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, 6-5, 225 lbs, Walled Lake Central HS, Walled Lake, Michigan
DE Julian Okwara, 6-4, 220 lbs, Ardrey Kell HS, Charlotte, North Carolina
SS Spencer Perry, 6-3, 200 lbs, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida
LS John Shannon, 6-2, 230 lbs, Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Illinois
WR Kevin Stepherson, 6-0, 180 lbs, First Coast HS, Jacksonville, Florida
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.