MARIETTA, Ga. — Azeez Ojulari was born in Georgia and has decided to stay in Georgia.
The 4-star defensive end from Georgia had a lot of SEC options on the table, but in the end relied upon what he has though about the in-state Bulldogs since early July.
He told DawgNation then that he “wanted to see what the G” can do for him.
That was the move he made on Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder with vast athleticism shared his college commitment in front of his classmates and teammates at Marietta High.
Ojulari ranks as the nation’s No. 6 weakside DE and No. 138 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. That’s the national gumbo of all the recruiting services, but 247Sports holds him in even higher esteem.
The pure 247Sports ranking lists Ojulari as the nation’s No. 3 weakside DE and No. 25 overall prospect.
Ojulari chose the Bulldogs over an SEC-heavy field: Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
He becomes the 11th commitment for the Bulldogs in the class. Ojulari hopped over recent 4-star WR Elijah Moore as the second-highest rated player in the Class of 2018.
Moore committed Tuesday night. This makes the Bulldogs 2-for-2 in a potential run of three huge commitments for the class this week.
Peach County 4-star WR Kearis Jackson could be the third on Saturday.
What UGA is getting in Azeez Ojulari
His family has their roots in Nigeria, but Ojulari was born in Austell, Ga. He has extreme athleticism, and Marietta High coach Richard Morgan told DawgNation last week that Ojulari is the strongest Blue Devil on their team.
He stands just 5 pounds away from the school record of 335 pounds in the power clean. Ojulari also can bench press 355 pounds and squat 500-plus in the weight room.
Ojulari “just leads us every day with a strong example of working hard and taking care of his business,” Morgan said. “He’s a great character kid. He’s everything you want in a player already, but he can also improve a great deal in terms of his remaining football potential.”
That’s the new recruit’s mindset.
“I am a really humble guy that is just ready to work,” Ojulari said. “I am really laid back. When it is time to work, I am going to work and just give it all I’ve got.”
He said he aims to pursue a field of study in architecture, business or communications.