Notre Dame staying on four-star DE Azeez Ojulari's mind

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Azeez Ojulari has interest in Notre Dame. The Irish coaching staff has worked to make sure that interest doesn’t fade with the four-star defensive end.

Ojulari has been on the receiving end of numerous recruiting graphics from Notre Dame, and he typically shares them on his Twitter account. The Irish have depicted him as a future winner of the Bednarik Award, given to the best defensive player in college football, a 2022 NFL Draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons and wished him a happy birthday in June.

Those graphics, in addition to communication with defensive line coach Mike Elston, running backs coach Autry Denson and head coach Brian Kelly, have made Notre Dame a noteworthy name in Ojulari’s recruitment. The 6-4,

224-pound product of Marietta (Ga.) High listed Notre Dame alongside Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson as the teams recruiting him the hardest.

“I was interested, because it’s a great academic school,” Ojulari said of Notre Dame. “It’s a great program. They’re on me hard too. They hit me up a lot.”

Staying in the conversation is an important start for Notre Dame. Even remaining as a peripheral contender isn’t easy for a recruit with Ojulari’s talent.

247Sports slates Ojulari as the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him No. 13 at the position.

But getting Ojulari on campus remains paramount in finding out if the Irish can legitimately pull him out of the SEC’s backyard. He insists that he’s still trying to visit Notre Dame at some point this month.

“I need to take a couple more visits,” Ojulari said. “I’ll probably be able to make a decision mid-way through the season or maybe in August if I’m comfortable. If I’m ready, if I take those visits and see what I need to see, I might make a decision.”

#NotreDame DE target @_Azeez_8 vs. Daniel Faalele.

— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) July 3, 2017 | 574-235-6214 | Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Four-star defensive end Azeez Ojulari, a 2018 recruit, listed Notre Dame as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)