2019 SDE David Ojabo to commit on July 2nd, per his Twitter

Submitted by Caesar on June 30th, 2018 at 11:58 AM

Here's the Twitter announcement (link), and here's the 247 profile (link) for the 3 star composite prospect. Good guys lead the crystal ball picks (90%), with Penn State and ND as contenders.

I'm thinking Michigan gets him. Fun fact: he's Scottish (by way of Nigeria).


Occam's Razor

June 30th, 2018 at 12:02 PM ^

What the hell is up with the scouting services this year? A guy with this kind of offer sheet shouldn't be a middling 3-star. Should be a lower end 4-star at the least. 


June 30th, 2018 at 3:03 PM ^

I agree with you that this guy's offer list looks more like a 4 star.  Keep in mind the recruiting sites always lag the offer list because the coaches are evaluating these kids sooner in most cases than the sites are.  The teams have more resources (money, personnel and relationships) and expertise in scouting players than the recruiting sites do, and the sites only re-rank so often so there is always a lag.  It wouldn't surprise if this kid is ranked higher down the road.


June 30th, 2018 at 12:05 PM ^

This would be nice.  Especially since I've heard from State fans how they "beat UM for Fletcher", the DE who committed to Sparty this weekend.  Who frankly, I had never even heard of.

Space Coyote

June 30th, 2018 at 1:05 PM ^

Fletcher is a good prospect who I would be happy to have in the class. He’s a raw Chris Wormley type. I like who UM is getting at the position including if they get this pick up, but Fletcher, in my mind, may end up one of the best players from the state in this class if he gets coached up


June 30th, 2018 at 4:32 PM ^

The coaches were apparently pushing hard for both. They both have really high upside. Ojabo is a little more raw at this point. He might be faster, but Fletcher is quite athletic himself. Ojabo has the potential to be larger and to slide inside. Fletcher appears to be more of a DE. They're both good talents.


June 30th, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

There are only a few targets on the outside that I am aware M is pushing for.  One is Luke Ford a Top 150 kid from CA who claims he wants to take a visit.  More likely/promising is Cornelius Johnson out of Connecticut (Don Brown/Tarik Black connections) who is currently a top 300 kid who is being hyped for a possible rankings jump while competing at the opening this weekend.  Believe this is a ND/M battle at present although I admit I hadn’t seen much about him until recently.  

Wandale Robinson is also being recruited as a slot/offensive weapon ala recent commit George Johnson.


July 1st, 2018 at 9:47 AM ^

He just said Harbaugh is one of the greatest people he ever met.  Also said how the university would set him up for life after football is very important to him.  And the distance he would have to travel from home means very little.  All very good signs for UM.

He mentioned that the weather is a bit of a factor & playing time as a freshman is huge.  Frowny face...


June 30th, 2018 at 12:34 PM ^

Only been playing football for a year, hence the low rankings. Freak athlete at 6'4-5" 240lbs who I thought I heard ran a 10.9 100m dash but after researching saw an 11.1. 

This is the kind of kid who has a lot of room to jump up in the rankings after scouts see how much he has improved during his senior season. His ceiling is vast. This is the kind of 3 star you get giddy over, especially knowing Mattison and Co.'s track record for DL development. I will be shocked if he's not a top 300 recruit by the time February hits. 

Recruiting wise Harbaugh has been hitting it out of the park lately. 


June 30th, 2018 at 1:43 PM ^

Michigan isn't going to compete at OSU's level in recruiting, until they start beating them.  So all of this handwringing about it is absurd.  This kid isn't a "promising 3 star".  This kid is a 4-star talent with higher upside, that hasn't been placed properly by recruiting services, because he hasn't been playing football long enough.

I would suggest that fans let the former NFL player and Super Bowl coach do the talent evaluating and not worry so much about "stars".


June 30th, 2018 at 1:29 PM ^

I think Hinton prefers to play SDE but has the size to play inside (almost) already.  I actually look at it as he will need to earn the right to play End / prove he is explosive enough to edge rush - just like I think Gary could play 3-Tech with a little more weight if it were not such a loss to move him from end.


July 1st, 2018 at 12:40 AM ^

Think the coaches just likes big rangey DL who can run. They cross train just about everyone at two spots. Enough will naturally gain enough weight to give you depth on the SDE/3T continuum with Wormley being the recent history example of a dude who is both at once. 

Basing that opinion on the ‘16 and ‘17 classes being really DE heavy and the staff turning away (ex: Corey Bolds) or cooling on (ex: Rodas Johnson) a few solidly rated DTs who aren’t particularly explosive. 

TL;DR Wormley is a pretty solid role comp for Hinton. 


June 30th, 2018 at 2:01 PM ^

Looks like a solid prospect and the type that you do expect to get a bump as he gets more comfortable playing football and refines his technique.  While "great athlete who changes sports" is always tantalizing, sometimes that doesn't quite materialize into the player you expect.  No knocking him, and he's got good size even before the move, but I try not to put too high of expectations on a kid who has only played football for a couple of years.