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Ebenezer Ogundeko

New York, N.Y., linebacker Ebenezer Ogundeko is set to graduate in just a few short weeks. The 6' 3", 240-pound defensive lineman will be busy on the road trying to find his new home in the meantime.

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"We lost in the playoffs last Friday so now I'm trying to concentrate on finding my new home," Ogundeko said. "We got beat 24-17 so it was a pretty disappointing way to end the season."

The recently turned 17-year old has nothing but fond memories when thinking back on his high school career.

"It was great, man. I made a lot of great plays in high school and have so many good memories from here. I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the world. I'll always remember my high school days, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready to take it to the next level. It's going to be an awesome experience. Now I just have to find that right fit for me."

Ogundeko, of Thomas Jefferson High School, has already visited Arizona State and Florida, officially. He's scheduled his three future trips.

"I'm going to Clemson this weekend, Ole Miss the weekend after that, and then I'm going to Syracuse on December 8th."

Clemson was his early favorite in his recruitment but an offer was slow coming his way. No hard feelings are held from Ogundeko.

"Not at all. I've never been there before. It'll be my first time to visit that school. I just want to see how the campus and players are. That's basically it. It's the same way for all of the schools I'm visiting. I'm excited to get to see them play in their big rival game against South Carolina. It should be a great game."

Scout.com's No. 36 rated outside linebacker tripped to Florida last weekend.

"I went down there this summer so this was my second trip down there. It was a great visit. I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot of new things about their players and town. I got to see more of the campus. I got to see how the coaches are talking and see more of the campus. They told me where I'll be playing like a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. They told me it doesn't matter which state I'm from. As long as I'm good I'll be playing somewhere on defense. They don't play favorites."

Ole Miss continues to be a school of interest.

"I've been talking to Robert Nkemdiche some lately. He's a good person. We come from the same background. His family is from Nigeria too. We've been talking about what it'd be like to play at Ole Miss together. Coach (Chris) Kiffin and I have a really good relationship too. He contacts me every week, never misses a week. They're coming after me really hard and need some more pass rushers in their system. Robert told me when I come down there on my visit he's going to come hang out with me. We're playing in the Under Armour game together too. I'm looking forward to getting to know him better. "

Syracuse is just down the road and that familiarity helps the Orange.

"I know some of those guys on that team. Some of the players out of the Bronx have had some success over there. Distance isn't going to be any kind of factor in my decision but it's nice knowing some people already on the team."

Graduation date is December 22nd. More than anything, Ogundeko can hardly wait for the Under Armour All-American.

"I'm very excited. I just can't wait to get ready to move on and start my legacy in college. It's just one step closer to the league. That's what we all strive for."

Ogundeko finished his senior season with 91 tackles and 15 sacks.



Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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