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Azeez Ojulari makes first Florida visit
Florida’s OL-DL camp last weekend attracted some of the nation’s top lineman, including Azeez Ojulari. ‘
He made his first-ever trip to UF last Saturday and the Gators established themselves as one of his top teams.
Florida offered Ojulari on April 24.
“I was super excited when they offered and I had to come check it out,” he said. “They are a big-time SEC program and they have the Gator Nation. I thought it was a great place. First time in The Swamp. I went around the campus and saw the academics.
“They have a big academic center and it’s a brand new building. So everything is great. This visit, it helped a lot. I actually got to see it and not just calling them on the phone. I can see myself at Florida.”
Ojulari has been speaking regularly with UF defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who serves as his primary recruiter and began pursuing the 4-star defensive end in the spring evaluation period.
“Coach Rumph is great,” Ojulari said. “I sat down with him and got to talk position wise. It went well, and he’s such a cool guy. He gets to know you.
“I’ve been building a good relationship with him. He texts me every week and we talk a lot. The relationship just gets better and better. When he came to watch me practice, I knew I was one of his major targets.”
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Ojulari is ranked the nation’s No. 6 weakside defensive end and No. 136 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. He plans to decide during his senior season and has a handful of top schools at this time.
“I like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, and Tennessee,” Ojulari said. “Things are so neck and neck right now that I don’t have anyone standing out.”
Andrew Chatfield camps at UF, lands offer
Andrew Chatfield is another 4-star defensive end who visited Florida last week.
He received an offer from the staff, attended Friday Night Lights and camped at UF on Saturday, where he was coached up by Rumph.
“It was great,” Chatfield said. “Just got some work in. It was really cool to grind like that with him.
“He’s a fun guy. But when it’s time to get serious, he gets serious and I like that about him.”
Defensive coordintor Randy Shannon and secondary coach Corey Bell also recruit Chatfield, who is ranked the nation’s No. 14 weakside defensive end.
“They told me they’ve watched a lot of my film and they like what I can do,” Chatfield said. “I’ve wanted an offer from them for a long time so it feels good.”
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound pass rusher declined to comment on the status of his Ohio State commitment. He told SEC Country the UF staff wants him in Florida’s 2018 class.
“They just tell me they’ll always be there for me,” Chatfield said, “and they said they’ll wait on me to come.”
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