DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari Excited About Notre Dame Football Offer

Apr 16, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish take the field for the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

In an attempt to add explosive pass rushers to their defense, Notre Dame football offered Georgia DE/OLB Azeez Ojulari.

Azeez Ojulari is one of the several recruits from the state of Georgia who has been offered to rush the passer for the Irish. Tobe Umerah and Richard Jibunor are just a few names from the peach state who have received offers from Notre Dame lately.

Ojulari had a big season for Marietta in 2016, registering 94 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, per his Maxpreps profile. Ojulari accomplished these numbers while playing Class 7A Georgia high school football, one of the most talent-rich divisions in the country.

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His superb play has landed him offers from 12 programs, including Auburn, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and now Notre Dame.

Considering the value of efficient pass rushers and numbers while playing in a highly competitive division, Ojulari should be receiving a considerable amount of additional offers in the future. His talent is very apparent.

I caught up with Ojulari on Monday regarding his Notre Dame recruitment to find out that he hadn’t been contacted by them, outside of a few letters. Today, he received an offer.

“I was very excited,” Ojulari exclaimed when I asked him how it felt to get offered by Notre Dame. “They’re a great academic program and football school. Big time football,” he added.

I asked Ojulari who called him with the offer and what they expressed to him, while on the phone.

“The defensive line coach, Mike Elston,” he answered. “He really liked my film and would love to get me on campus. He told me about how there was a defensive end that was from Georgia now, he’s going into the NFL draft this year,” stated Olujari.

Considering Notre Dame hadn’t been in contact with Ojulari until very recently, he hasn’t put much thought into visiting but is excited to make plans. “I want to see the campus myself and meet the coaches and build a relationship to see if it’s the best fit for me,” Ojulari stated.

Although the athletic pass rusher hadn’t had much time think about a visit, let alone plan one (we spoke within an hour of the offer), he does have an idea in mind of when he would like to travel to South Bend.

“Probably during the summer. There’s a lot of schools right now, I just have to visit and see where is the best fit,” mentioned Ojulari.

The 6’4, 225-pound explosive pass rusher lines up at many spots for his defense. Most snaps available in his junior season Hudl highlights show him at defensive end with his hand on the ground, but he also lines up inside at three-technique and as a stand-up end or outside linebacker.

Regardless of where he lines up, he’s explosive, disruptive and productive. Notre Dame staff have offered many similar pass rushers in the 2018 class and appear to be casting a wider net at the position group compared to years passed.

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Considering Notre Dame’s recruiting staff have come up short in the defensive end department in many of the recent years, their high number of offers at the position makes sense if they want to build a championship defense. Stay tuned for my film breakdown of Azeez Ojulari at