Sugar Land (Texas) Kempner defensive end Shalom Ogbonda is not just new to the recruiting process, he is new to the game of football altogether. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound defender only recently moved to Texas from England and was talked into trying out a new sport.
It turns out the game came naturally to Ogbonda. While he is still continually improving, his natural athleticism and size have piqued the interest of several colleges. He has picked up offers from the likes of FAU, Louisiana-Lafayette and Virginia this spring and on Saturday he decided to make a commitment.
"I committed to Florida Atlantic," Ogbonda said. "I like the program. I like the head coach. The location is good. FAU is a program that wants to play the best. They've scheduled the best. That program is something I want to be part of."
Ogbonda has not actually been to the Boca Raton campus but he plans to change that soon.
"I haven't been out there just yet," he said. "I'm planning to visit this summer and I'm definitely visiting this winter on an official visit. I want to see the campus and everything but I've looked it up and it looks really nice."
Though he committed to the Owls, Ogbonda admits that the recruiting process is not necessarily completely over with. He is still listening to other programs as well.
"I'm still open a little bit," he said. "With my recruiting, I don't think it's case closed. People have asked me, 'What would it take for you to switch?' They're going to have to recruit me heavily. FAU has done a really good job in letting me know how much they want me."
Ogbonda says he will likely take several official visits during and after his senior season. For now, he has unofficial visits planned to a pair of nearby schools.
"Prior to my commitment I had already scheduled unofficial visits to Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State," he said. "I'm going to the state of Louisiana anyway so I just decided to go see those schools while I was there.
"If I'm going to take any unofficial visits outside of the region it would be to FAU. I'd like to go see Virginia and some other schools but I'm going to have to wait until this winter to take official visits."