Azeez Ojulari’s recruitment has blown up over the last month. The four-star defensive end from Marietta (Ga.) has landed offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others since the last day of March.
On Monday, Clemson continued his hot streak. Defensive line coach Todd Bates stopped by Marietta High during the ongoing spring evaluation period to inform Ojulari’s coach of his latest offer from the Tigers.
“He was all excited,” Marietta head coach Rich Morgan told The Clemson Insider. “He was very excited.”
Clemson always uses its offers judiciously, but with a limited number of scholarships available for the 2018 class, it has to be especially selective with the offers it gives out in this cycle.
The Tigers plan to take only three defensive ends, and currently have two committed in Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star Xavier Thomas and Sneville (Ga.) South Gwinnett four-star Justin Mascoll.
So, Ojulari is appreciative that Clemson views him as worthy of potentially filling the final defensive end spot.
“They don’t have as many to offer, so to be in that small category of guys that they’re looking at, that’s very important and that’s a big deal for him,” Morgan said.
After doing due diligence in the research process, the Tigers feel confident Ojulari meets their criteria for an offer.
“He checks all the boxes,” Morgan said. “He’s a great player, he’s got great character, he’s got good grades, he comes from a good family. All of those things, I think, are attractive to Clemson, and all of those things probably factored into finally making the offer.”
Ojulari made his first visit to Clemson with his father and sister on April 3, when he toured the facilities and attended a spring practice.
He spent the first part of the practice talking to defensive coordinator Brent Venables, and also met defensive line coach Todd Bates and other members of the staff.
The Tigers made an impression on him during the visit, and Clemson is squarely in the mix after offering.
“Clemson, it’s that family environment, that family atmosphere. Azeez said it felt very comfortable and it was a very nice place to be when he was there,” Morgan said. “Obviously the coaches had a lot to do with that.”
Ojulari originally planned to commit sometime this summer, but pushed back his timetable after the influx of recent offers. He now plans to start narrowing his recruitment down to 10 or so schools at the end of his spring practice.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pounder is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 10 weak-side defensive end and No. 170 overall prospect in the 2018 class.