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NYC end picks UConn

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Connecticut struck with two commitments this past weekend. Brooklyn (N.Y.) Thomas Jefferson defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko made his pledge on his first trip to campus.
"I committed yesterday while I was up there for a visit," he said. "It was great. They were happy and just told me about the defense and stuff like that. They can't wait to get me to practice with the team next year."
Ogundeko obviously was sold, what did he like about the visit?
"It just made me feel like I was part of the family," he said. "Also, Laray Smith plans on committing there also, we're going to help put UConn on the map."
In addition, other factors played into his selection.
"I like their facilities, their weight room and the locker room," he said. "Their head coach coached DeMarcus Ware and Jason Taylor. He told me I have potential to be just like them. He believes I have it and can use me at Connecticut.
"I believe I could be better by going there. Also, it's not too far from home, but not too close."
Paul Pasqualoni was a key factor.
"He's great," he said. "He's an accomplished man and he means what he speaks."
Connecticut is recruiting Ogundeko as a defensive end and outside linebacker.
As far as playing time, that is possible early from what he's hearing.
"They talked about me playing my freshman year," he said. "They just said they are graduating seniors by the time I get there and they believe I could get bigger and hold down that spot at end."
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