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Ovie Excited For Total Impact

August 13, 2017

Ovie Oghoufo knows his future is on the defensive side of the ball, but the 2018 Notre Dame linebacker commit is excited about his chance to make an impact on the other side in his final season at Harrison High School this fall.

“From last year, I feel like our offense can do a lot better and I feel like we’ll do a lot better with the type of system we’re running and the weapons we have on offense,” said the 6-foot-3, 207-pounder from Farmington, Mich.

“I feel like if our offense can reach its full potential, we can definitely get to the place we want to be.”

He’ll do his best to make sure that’s the case.

“I’m going to be a big part of the offense playing all of the receiver spots,” said Oghoufo. “Touching the ball a lot more will be cool.”

Oghoufo and his teammates were excited to kick off camp last Monday.

“I’m excited to learn new things,” he said.

He’s also looking forward to putting the new things he’s already learned at camps this summer on display.

“From The Opening, I learned how to drop better, how to get into my zones quicker and what to really look for as I get in those zones,” he said.

Oghoufo feels like his eye discipline will be better this fall.

“I’ve always been a dude who could play man-to-man, but playing zone, sometimes I get lost looking at the quarterback too much,” he acknowledged.

As a national recruit and Notre Dame commit, Oghoufo is prepared to get the best shot from each of his opponents this fall.

“It’s happened for the past two years since this thing picked up,” he laughed. “I kind of got used to it. It kind of gives me the feeling that, ‘Hey, I must be good if they’re out here playing toward me.’

“I was double-covered a lot last year and that’s something I didn’t expect really going into the season.”

He’s confident he’ll be able to handle the extra attention this season.

“I’m definitely going to have little tricks and be a little bit more aggressive so I can get to those plays,” he said. “Other than that, I’ve been used to dudes trying to make film off of me. It’s part of the game.”

Oghoufo plans on being at the Notre Dame-Georgia game in South Bend the second week of the season and is already eyeing a couple more stops.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll also be at the USC game and at Echoes.”

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