Another Monarch is in the pride for Old Dominion – two-star offensive tackle Daniel Ogundipe.
Power 5 Talent
Ogundipe, of Philadelphia (PA) Imhotep Charter, only started playing football as a junior. In the end, Rutgers, Arizona State, and Old Dominion were the final three in the competition to land Ogundipe.
The big, physical offensive tackle hasn’t seen the campus yet. In a growing trend, his relationship with new head coach Ricky Rahne and the new coaching staff that solidified his decision to choose the Monarchs.
“It was really the coaching staff, recruits, and the potential of the program,” Ogundipe exclaimed. “We talk two or three times a week.”
In the last few recruiting cycles, offensive line has been a priority for the Monarchs. In 2018, ODU brought in two-star Khadere Kounta, who played in eight games last season. In the 2020 class, Old Dominion landed Talyn Hunter, along with highly-touted three-star Santana Saunders.
Looking to 2021
Ogundipe is the first OL commit of the 2021 cycle, but may not be the last – top target Stephon Dubose of Chesapeake (VA) Indian River is set to announce his commitment very soon. The guard has the Monarchs in his top four with East Carolina, JMU, and Marshall.
“I see guys that wanna compete just like me. I love competition,” Ogundipe commented.
While Ogundipe hasn’t seen his new home yet, he should fit in with the rest of the ODU class. To this point,the 2021 clas has been defense-heavy, but as spots fill up, a number of offensive targets remain for the kings of Virginia, the Old Dominion Monarchs.
Ogundipe joins LB Jason Henderson, who also committed to ODU Friday. This weekend will be key for ODU, as top targets DB Tahj El, who is teammates with WR Jordan Bly, is set to commit. Also close to pulling the trigger is Jalen McCain, the potential Boston College flip.
If both of those, along with Stephon Dubose, pledge to ODU, it will set off some fireworks for the final few spots in the class.