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AUSTIN — Defensive line recruiting went from a question mark to an exclamation point in the past several weeks. That was emphasized even more today.
Katy 4-star senior DL Moro Ojomo committed to Texas today over competing offers from Texas A&M, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame among others.
It won’t happen often that an early bloomer is a late bloomer but that’s what we saw late in this cycle as 16-year old Ojomo began to blossom about the same time most athletes do. The only difference is Ojomo was already a senior at state power Katy. Watching him as a junior it was obvious he had talent, but not this much. As Ojomo’s power and quickness took the next step, so to did his offer list.
Perhaps the most impressive attribute Ojomo has, at least when factoring for youth, is his power. This not only commands double teams, but also helps him defeat them. Often you’ll see him being frantically held but it barely slows him down. If you watch Texas play versus the Big 12 officiating crews nine times a year, you’ll realize this is an invaluable trait.
The natural reaction to Ojomo is to redshirt him. That would be ideal, but so to would it for him to use all four years of his eligibility. I’m not necessarily saying he’s an NFL lock, but if he was heading into his senior year like most his age, he’d easily be a Top 3 player in the state and this conversation wouldn’t seem so premature.
Normally freshmen are lacking strength and mental and physical maturity. Ojomo lacks none of that. Whether he plays next year will boil down to need. His long-term position is nose tackle, or 3-tech depending on the front, but he’s plenty athletic enough to begin his career at 4i if needed.
For an active front Ojomo is the ideal piece. He’s not Ed Oliver, because there’s only one Oliver, but he’ll be the best athlete Texas has signed at the position since Malcom Brown. – EN
Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
How he fits at Texas: Ojomo may fit best as a nose but he can probably play anywhere. He was a dominant nose at Katy but regularly showed the first step and quickness to hit outside gaps and run ball-carriers down. He’s lightning off the ball and is already skilled in using his hands to beat blocks and play double teams, he’ll end up at 300 or so and even more skilled down the line given his background and Texas may move him up and down the line to create matchup problems for opponents. – IB
Coach says: More than passes the eyeball test. When the tape first comes on, first thought is “please let that be the guy we’re looking at”. Good size with room to add. Good tone in the midsection. Good base and excellent balance. Very quick off the ball. Changes direction well. Sheds blockers well and beats the double team routinely. A disruptor in the backfield with excellent closing speed on the ball. No wasted motion. Squares up on the ball carrier routinely form tackling. Seems like he could play multiple positions due to his size/athleticism combination. Very good hustle plays and motor on film. Converts speed to power and shows good swim and rip moves. Comes from a championship program.
How this affects Texas: The most intriguing of the remaining Texas DL targets, UT offered last month resulting in an avalanche of attention from some major schools including Notre Dame, Oregon, and A&M. The fact he’s only 16 years old speaks to his untapped potential. We’re looking at a versatile guy in the Chris Nelson mode where he could play multiple spots later in his college career. Just needs two offseasons with Yancy McKnight and the Horns may have uncovered a gem in one of Houston’s biggest suburbs. – JW
Ojomo becomes the 26th member of Texas’ 2018 class joining Christian Jones (Cy Woods), Josh Moore (Yoakum), Mike Williams (Baton Rouge), Daniel Carson (Independence, MO), Anthony Cook (Houston Lamar), Mikey Grandy (College of San Mateo), Ryan Bujcevski (Marist Catholic College – Australia), Junior Angilau (Salt Lake City), D’Shawn Jamison (Houston Lamar), Rafiti Ghirmai (Frisco Wakeland), Malcolm Epps (Spring DeKaney), Keondre Coburn (Spring Westfield), Brennan Eagles (Alief Taylor), Jalen Green (Heights), Al’Vonte Woodard (Lamar), BJ Foster (Angleton), Ayodele Adeoye (Overland, MO), DeMarvion Overshown (Arp), Keaontay Ingram (Carthage), Caden Sterns (Cibolo Steele), Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis), Reese Moore (Seminole), Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA), Casey Thompson (Newcastle, OK), Byron Hobbs (FW Eastern Hills).