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Top 20 Ole Miss Targets: #11 Ebenezer Ogundeko

Ebenezer Ogundeko

Outside Linebacker

Thomas Jefferson High School

Brooklyn, NY

6’3 227 Lbs. (per Rivals.com)


Rivals: 4 star #17 position

Scout: 3 star #37 position

ESPN: 4 star #10 position


Other notable offers: Arizona State (visited), Clemson (visited), Florida (visited), Syracuse (visited), Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State


2013 depth at outside linebacker: Rashawn Smith (commit), Denzel Nkemdiche (So.), Keith Lewis (Jr.), Serderius Bryant (Jr.), Brishen Mathews (Sr.)


Scouting report: Ogundeko is a huge prospect who seems like a prototypical Alabama or Florida linebacker. He does not give up on any play and his motor is very high. His relentless mean streak is evident any time he takes the field, which is what you like to see out of a linebacker. In high school, he was used as a defensive end, but he certainly projects as an outside linebacker considering his lateral movement and range. Playing a new position can be a tough transition, but there are success stories at Ole Miss like CJ Johnson, who moved from linebacker to defensive end, and EJ Epperson, who moved from fullback to defensive end. One concern is his tackling. Since he is playing against fairly pedestrian competition, he can get away with bringing an opponent down by whatever means he can. That usually does not work in the college and he will have to have more consistent form. Other than that, he should see be a productive linebacker wherever he chooses to go, something that is currently up in the air.



Likelihood of signing with Ole Miss: Rumors have swirled that he is between Clemson and Florida, eliminating the Sun Devils, Orange, and Rebels. While the Sun Devils have appeared to be out for weeks, I would not count the home state Orange or the Rebels out just yet. Playing in the Empire State is appealing to Ogundeko and they are by no means a courtesy visit. The Rebels have one shot at him, bring Robert Nkemdiche soon and have him recruit Ogundeko, who has said that he has high interest in playing alongside the nation’s top prospect. I do think that Florida and Clemson have the edge, but this one seems far from over. Rebels at 20 percent.


Rankings thus far:

11. Ebenezer Ogundeko

12. Ashton Shumpert

13. Jason Carr

14. Mitchell Parsons

15. Kailo Moore

16. Corn Elder

17. Christian Morris

18. Lavon Hooks

19. Dan Skipper

20. Duke Riley

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