With a slew of competitive programs across the state, Farmington Hills Harrison High School is a perennial powerhouse in Michigan and has a reputation for producing talented players capable of playing Division-I football at the next level. For the 2018 cycle, wide receiver/outside linebacker Ovie Oghoufo is continuing that tradition as a highly coveted player with offers from programs across the country.
According to 247Sports.com, Oghoufo is rated as the No. 22 outside linebacker in the country and has the makings of a 4-star prospect based on his tangible ability alone. Oghoufo collected a plethora of scholarship offers since the end of the 2015 season, one in which he racked up a whopping 19 tackles for loss, but the explosive, versatile recruit chose to shut down his recruitment with a commitment to Notre Dame over the weekend.
“The Fighting Irish, it’s a great school,” Oghoufo told Today’s U. “It’s not too far away from home. They have great, highly pestiferous coaches. Definitely coach [Mike] Elston, he does great with linebackers from the past– Manti Te’o, Jaylon Smith. That was a factor as well as the connection I received at Notre Dame. The school reputation is something I couldn’t pass up.”
As a two-way player in high school, Oghoufo will assume a full-time role on the defensive side of the ball in South Bend (Ind.) as the Fighting Irish see him sliding into the outside linebacker role to help utilize his quickness off the snap, ability to shed blocks up the gut and hip fluidity when running with receivers in pass coverage.
“They see me playing as an outside ‘backer who can play all three downs and who can cause havoc in the backfield as well as dropping back in coverage and in the box,” Oghoufo said. “So, they see me playing a lot of things.”
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Oghoufo says Notre Dame is looking to use multiple fronts in the future, so his dynamic ability as a player who can stay on the field and confidently provide run support in addition to pass coverage is an area the school is looking to take advantage of.
Once Oghoufo arrives at Notre Dame in roughly two years, the Michigan native will have a familiar face welcoming him into the program, as former Farmington Hills Harrison defensive lineman Khalid Kareem signed on as part of the school’s 2016 recruiting class. Oghoufo’s relationship with Kareem played a hefty role in his eventual pledge, too, he says.
“It weighed a lot,” Oghoufo said. “He kept telling me things about the school. Definitely when I got the offer, he kept telling me, ‘this is the school for you now.’ I definitely took it into perspective.”
And now that Oghoufo is a member of the Golden Domers’ 2018 class, which currently stands at No. 3 in the country according to 247Sports.com, his recruitment is officially shut down and he will only take visits to Notre Dame.
Not to say the summer months have been all recruiting-based, however, since Oghoufo is diligently working on improving several facets of his game before his junior season begins.
“I was definitely working on explosion, athleticism as well as knowledge of my position and knowledge of the game,” Oghoufo said. “I think it’s gone pretty well. There definitely have been improvements and could be more improvements too.
“Offseason has been great. I have been bonding with my team lately. I have picked up a whole lot of options, a lot of schools, and I ended it with a commitment. So, it’s been great.”
Click here for a link to Oghoufo’s sophomore highlight tape to see what kind of player Notre Dame is receiving.