FARMINGTON, Mich. – Earlier this week, 4-star defensive end Khalid Kareem decommitted from Alabama in lieu of an official visit to Notre Dame. Kareem isn’t the only touted recruit from Farmington Hills Harrison, however, as budding sophomore athlete Ovie Oghoufo already holds two Division I offers of his own—from Akron and Eastern Michigan.
So far this season, Oghoufo has registered 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, eights sacks and one forced fumble in a 6-1 campaign for the Hawks.
“For me, I have been doing really well,” Oghoufo told Today’s U. This is my first year on varsity, so I’ve been playing pretty good. There are still a lot of things I have to work on.”
Standing at 6-foot-3 and 195-pounds, Oghoufo has the size and athleticism to play college football at multiple positions. In fact, schools are recruiting Oghoufo mostly as an outside linebacker but also at safety and defensive end.
“My playing style is I bring the pain,” Oghoufo said. “Once you bounce off the edge, I will get you. I will come up with my speed and I try to make the opponent pay out of the backfield as much as possible.”
With two early offers to his name, Oghoufo has also been hearing from a host of other interested programs. With half of a dominant season in the books, more are expected to join in Oghoufo’s recruitment.
“It’s been really good,” Oghoufo said. “I’ve gotten to know the schools more and last week I got my second offer from Eastern Michigan. Since then I’ve been hearing from some Big Ten schools like Indiana, some Air Force and I’ve been more connected to the University of Michigan.”
Oghoufo, who uses his length and motor off the edge, spoke about his recent offer from the Eagles and how he has liked Eastern Michigan’s campus in past visits.
“I was so happy it finally came,” Oghoufo said. “I’ve been to Eastern’s campus. I came for the game they played Army. It was nice. I really liked how the campus and the coaches treated me well and made me feel like I was at home. They really did treat me nice over there.”
Last week, Michigan invited Oghoufo to campus for what was a 38-0 dismantling of then-No. 13 Northwestern. Oghoufo cited the atmosphere of Ann Arbor as one standout from his unofficial visit.
“Last week I went to Michigan when they played Northwestern,” Oghoufo said. “I went there and I really enjoyed myself. The coaches treat me like family and it’s a very beautiful place. I love the campus. I talked to all the other coaches and they always make me feel at home.”
This weekend, Oghoufo plans to visit Indiana as the Hoosiers host Rutgers for a 3:30 p.m. tilt. He plans to monitor how Indiana deploys its outside linebackers during this Big Ten matchup.
“Because that’s where they see me at,” Oghoufo said. “But the defense, that’s what I’m giong to be looking for. Also to connect with the coaches there so they can get to know me better.”
Click here for a link to Oghoufo’s midseason film.