Notre Dame LB commit Ovie Oghoufo turns recruiter on visit

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Ovie Oghoufo has been committed to Notre Dame since July, but he’s still experiencing first impressions.

While attending Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game in South Bend, Oghoufo took in his first look at the new Irish defense.

“They started out slow a little bit at first, but then they definitely came along at the end,” said Oghoufo, a 2018 linebacker recruit. “I really enjoyed the blitz packages (defensive coordinator Mike) Elko installed. I was watching (linebackers coach Clark) Lea pregame with the linebackers. I really liked how he prepared them for the game. It was pretty good.”

Elko and Lea inherited a pair of linebacker commits in Notre Dame’s 2018 class with Oghoufo and Bo Bauer. But the Irish aren’t settling on only two players at the position. Four-star linebacker Dallas Gant was one of Notre Dame’s most important visitors on Saturday.

Oghoufo made talking to Gant a priority. He also spent time with four-star wide receiver target Chase Cota.

“Those two are really special,” Oghoufo said. “Dallas is a playmaker. I like the way Chase carries himself. I feel like both of them could be really good additions to our class.”

Will either recruit end up in Notre Dame’s class? Oghoufo’s not ready to make any predictions yet.

“I’m still working on it,” he said. “I don’t know how I feel yet. I’m still trying.”

Twitter chatter

Several Notre Dame recruits shared tweets from their campus visits on Saturday.

• 2018 WR target Chase Cota: “Great time at Notre Dame this weekend! South Bend is a special place. #GoIrish”

• 2018 WR commit Braden Lenzy: “Great day at the Blue and Gold Spring Game! Love the Irish, great to be around @ccota_ (Chase Cota)! Will he be #IrishBouND18??”

• 2018 WR commit Braden Lenzy: “Signing autographs to kid fans of Notre Dame was one of the most humbling things I've ever done!”

• 2018 LB commit Ovie Oghoufo: “Thank You Irish Nation, had a great time today... you guys are amazing! Until next time... #GoIrish #WeAreND”

• 2017 DE signee Kofi Wardlow: “Good vibes…”

• 2018 DE commit Justin Ademilola: “Always a great time when I’m home.”

• 2018 CB prospect Cagan Campbell: “Such a good day at ND! Definitely can’t wait to get back up here!”

• 2019 LB prospect Samih Beydoun: “Notre Dame today, great experience #fightclub19”

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Notre Dame linebacker commit Ovie Oghoufo, a 2018 recruit, saw the new Irish defense in action for the first time at Saturday's Blue-Gold Game. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)