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Ebenezer Ogundeko headed to Clemson

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Brooklyn’s best football player is headed to Clemson University.

Thomas Jefferson High School defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko announced his selection of the Tigers during the second quarter the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday night. He picked them over Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Florida.

The first-team All-Brooklyn selection by the Courier is the top-ranked prospect in the state and ranked No. 10 nationally at his position. Ogundeko led Team Black to a 16–3 win in the Under Armour game and helped force an interception. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Ogundeko lead the Public School Athletic League with 15 sacks and recorded 71 tackles during his senior year.

He had his sites set on Clemson back in October, after Tigers coach Dabo Swinney and his staff began making a big push for him. Everything felt right about the Atlantic Coast Conference school.

“The coaches were great people,” he said. “I loved everything about them.”

Clemson, currently ranked No. 14 in the country, is coming of an 11–2 season, and a 25–22 win over No. 9 Louisiana State University in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Ogundeko, who graduated from high school a semester early, moves into the South Carolina school on Sunday and will begin classes in the spring semester. He said the quick shift is a bit surreal.

“It feels weird, but I have to just do my thing and just move on and start a new legacy over there,” Ogundeko said.

Reach reporter Joseph Staszewski at jstaszewski@cnglocal.com. Follow him on twitter @cng_staszewski.

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