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Ovie Oghoufo Recaps Final Visit To Notre Dame

December 10, 2017

2018 Harrison (Mich.) linebacker Ovie Oghoufo‍ is no stranger to Notre Dame. The four-star commit has been to South Bend countless times in the past two years, so this weekend’s official visit was about getting comfortable with the school he’ll enroll at next month. 

“I wanted to come down to just have a good time and get more information on how things work at Notre Dame,” Oghoufo told Irish Sports Daily. “I had a wonderful time with all the commits and with the recruits. It all went smooth.”

The visit wasn’t about admissions or selling Oghoufo on Notre Dame, but it was about developing a stronger relationship with the staff and finding out what awaits him as he starts the next step in his life. 

“I met with coach (Clark) Lea, coach (Mike) Elko and coach (Brian) Kelly,” stated Oghoufo. “I also had a meeting with coach Balis. They were just telling what to prepare for and expect when I come in next month. They told me how to have a smooth college experience and everything.” 

When it comes to the field, Oghoufo hasn’t been locked into a position just yet. 

“I am going to start off at Buck or Rover,” he stated. “It will depend on gaining weight, getting stronger and faster. The future is bright.”

Oghoufo also got to take in The Echoes for the second year in a row, and it didn’t disappoint. 

“It was sweet,” explained Oghoufo. “It was kind of like last year, but it was great. I had a chance to see Jerome Bettis. He’s a legend from the University of Notre Dame, and it was great to see him. It’s crazy how he is so involved in the University. “

The weekend also allowed Oghoufo to spend time with his fellow commits for the last time as a recruit. 

“It was great to get another day of bonding,” Oghoufo said. “The next time I will see them, I’ll be a student.”

There were several uncommitted prospects on campus and as one of the leaders of the class, Oghoufo made sure to spend time with them. 

“Braden Lenzy , I think we should get him,” stated Oghoufo. “I really like our chances. I think he’s coming back. I really like Kyler Gordon. We bonded and chilled a lot. We had time to talk, and he’s digging it. 

“It’s a matter of time for both of them.”

Lenzy’s decommitment from Notre Dame wasn’t taken well by some, but Oghoufo explained his feelings on a decommitments. 

“You have to do what you need to do,” Oghoufo explained. “Nobody else is going to play this sport for you. If you don’t see it at Notre Dame, then you have to go somewhere else. You can’t fault someone for decommitting, and I never do. 

“Even when my boy (Markese Stepp) decommitted, it hurt me, but I’m not playing the sport for him. The fans aren’t playing the sport for him.” 

Oghoufo had a great weekend at his future home, but the best news came right before the weekend got started. The Harrison standout got a letter from Notre Dame stating he had officially been approved for admission. 

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Oghoufo. “So many great people have gone to Notre Dame. When I opened it up, I was like wow. I have a chance to be one of these great people that have gone to Notre Dame. It’s amazing to me that I’ll have my Notre Dame degree in a few years.” 


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