Four-star outside linebacker Ebenezer Ogundeko has named his top four schools, but there's one program that sticks out head and shoulders above the rest in regards to their chances of being able to land the talented linebacker. The Florida Gators should be the easy favorites to get a commitment from Ogundeko.
According to Adam Friedman of Rivals.com, who also reports his top four, Florida is already in the lead:
The leading team for the outside linebacker from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson is Florida.
"They're a pretty great team and they're on top of my list right now," said the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Ogundeko. "I like them because they have the position I want, where I can rush the passer and drop back. I like the campus, I love the coaches and I'm looking forward to going down there after my season for my official visit. I like Florida the most."
Ole Miss, Clemson and Arizona State, in no particular order, round out the rest of Ogundeko's top four.
No offense to the other programs on Ogundeko's list, but this shouldn't even be a close race when all is said and done. Florida is currently the No. 2 in the BCS standings, 7-0, and other than Alabama, appear to be the best team in the country. Current success is a huge draw for recruits, but so is the prospect of future success, and Will Muschamp and the Gators are certainly setting themselves up very nicely.
Muschamp's current 2013 recruiting class is currently ranked No. 6 nationally by Rivals.com, and it features players like 5-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and 5-star running back Kelvin Taylor. 247Sports also has elite recruits like 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and 4-star guard David Dawson with Florida high on their interest lists.
You can add Ogundeko to that list of interested recruits, and he certainly would be a big-time pickup. He's 6'4'', 238 pounds and runs a 4.74 40 according to 247Sports. He's big and strong enough to play tough on the edge against the run and fill running lanes, but he's quick enough to be an effective pass-rusher or defender in open space.
He's a great fit for Florida, and the Gators are a perfect fit for him.
Out of the rest of the schools on his list, Clemson may have the second-best shot. They currently have a commitment from No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, and if he stays aboard their defense could be very formidable in the future. The problem is, Dabo Swinney's club can't seem to get over the hill and prove that they are not only an ACC power, but one of the best programs in the nation, so they can't necessarily hang with the likes of Florida just yet.
Ole Miss is an intriguing SEC option, especially if they can sway Nkemdiche, but if not, they don't possess much recruiting clout. Then there's Arizona State, which is halfway across the country for Ogundeko, who's from Brooklyn, New York. I wouldn't give them much of a shot to out-recruit the SEC and ACC from that far away.
It's easy to see that Florida has an advantage when it comes to recruiting the 4-star linebacker, and his quotes regarding how much he likes the system and the coaching staff only serve to boost their advantage.
Per usual, there's plenty of time for things to change, but for now, the Florida Gators have the best shot at landing Ebenezer Ogundeko.