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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji

Will 2018 be the year we see Ade Ogundeji’s potential come to fruition?

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season

#91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji

Adetokunbo Ogundeji - or “Ade” for short - has seen very little of the field going into his junior season. This is not due to lack of ability or effort on his end, but a lack of polish up to this point. Ogundeji was a raw prospect when he committed to Notre Dame, and he was always going to have to take some time to learn before he saw the field.

He has a couple years under his belt now. The coaching staff has been singing his praises recently - even having labeled him as one of the hardest workers in the weight room. The length, speed, and strength are all their for the junior defensive end. The technique has advanced enough to warrant consideration for significant playing time. 2018 may be the season that the junior becomes what the staff envisioned when they offered him three years ago.

3 Things About Adetokunbo Ogundeji

  1. Ogundeji was originally committed to PJ Fleck at Western Michigan, before decommitting in May and joining the Irish 2 months later.
  2. He was part of trio of eventual defensive ends from Michigan in the Class of 2016. He joined Khalid Kareem and Daelin Hayes.
  3. He fit the Notre Dame profile as a recruit, coming from a high school rated in the top 6% of U.S. public high schools.

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Country, Condiment, or Canon

Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.

Egypt.

Egypt is a country brimming with potential and ready for growth. It is - year in and year out - identified as one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Similarly, Ogundeji emanates potential (albeit athletic rather than economic), and looks to be a solid piece of Notre Dame’s defensive line in the near future due to the progression he has made mentally and physically over the past couple of years.

2018 Outlook

Adetokunbo Ogundeji is still by no means a sure thing. But with the coaching staff singing his praises, and physical ability, it is difficult to not get excited for what the junior defensive lineman can offer in 2018.

He likely won’t be a full-time starter at any point in the season. However, if the compliments of the staff are to be believed, he could become a mainstay in the rotation and carve out significant playing time. His frame, speed, and strength make up a tantalizing combination for both Clark Lea and Mike Elston. And if he’s where he needs to be mentally, you might as well get used to hearing “Ogundeji”.

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Ade Ogundeji & Khalid Kareem are pretty special.
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