The Michigan Wolverines had three early enrollees for their spring practice sessions, and they added a fourth on Thursday when 3-star defensive end Mario Ojemudia (Farmington Hills, Mich.) enrolled for spring courses this week. Ojemudia will begin his classes on Monday.
The Farmington Hills Harrison High School star planned on joining Michigan's other early enrollees, Joe Bolden, Jarrod Wilson and Kaleb Ringer, in Ann Arbor at the beginning of the winter semester, but was unable to do so due to the fact Ojemudia's high school operates on trimesters.
"I tried to star earlier, but it didn't work out," Ojemudia told TheWolverine.com Thursday afternoon. "Right now, I don't know my class schedule or who I'm going to room with. I'm just kind of jumping into it, but I can't wait to start working out and getting to know the team."
Ojemudia currently checks in at roughly 220 pounds, but hopes that after working with Aaron Wellman's strength and conditioning staff at Michigan over the next few months that he can get his weight up to around 230 or 235 pounds.
"That's my biggest focus over the next couple months, just getting bigger and stronger," Ojemudia said. "I have to prepare myself for Division I football, so I have to get in the weight room. Anything I can do to get bigger, stronger and faster."
The rest of Michigan's 2012 signees will not be on-campus and working out with the rest of the Wolverines until June, which should give Ojemudia a leg-up when competing against his classmates.
The No. 12 prospect in the state of Michigan and No. 30 ranked weakside defensive end, according to Rivals.com, has been told by Wolverines defensive coordinator Greg Mattison that he will be playing at defensive end and could see some action at outside linebacker.
Will Mario Ojemudia eventually redshirt this season?
"Coach Mattison has told me that he was having me come in as a standup defensive end or outside linebacker," Ojemudia said last December. "My role would be just blitzing from both spots."
The extra workouts and practices with the team has already paid dividends for Bolden, Ringer and Wilson. All three of them earned a great amount of compliments from the Michigan staff this spring.
Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com believes Bolden is better in coverage than current staring middle linebacker Kenny Demens and that the true freshman will be one of Michigan's top linebackers for years to come.
Balas went on to say Ringer and Wilson have shown great "flashes" at times, but will need to be more consistent throughout the summer if they hope to secure a spot on the two-deep and hold off the other highly coveted incoming freshmen.
Ringer is a likely candidate to redshirt in 2012 in order to add some more size to his frame.
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