Clemson landed a coveted four-star defenseman commitment on Wednesday when David Ojiegbe picked the Tigers in a ceremony live on CBS Sports HQ. Ojiegbe, who is ranked the 164th overall prospect in the 2023 class, chose Clemson over Michigan, Maryland and North Carolina.
“Over the next two years, I just want to maintain a great GPA and be very effective on the court, make big numbers, especially in the running game and in the sacks,” he said. “I want to be very effective on the pitch and help my team win. I just want to help the college and help my team win as best I can.”
Ojiegbe’s commitment is Clemson’s fourth in the 2023 class and first on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Ojiegbe could potentially add bulk and play as a defensive end in the college game. Alternatively, he has the physical tools to play as a linebacker. That versatility should give Ojiegbe’s college coaches options on how best to utilize his abilities.
A star at St. John’s in Washington DC, Ojiegbe finished the 2021 season with 14 sacks and ranks 20th among the top runners in his class. Here’s Ojiegbe’s full assessment from 247Sports National Recruitment Analyst Brian Dohn:
The size and length fit the mold of the developing peak position in college. Has a frame to easily add 20 pounds or can stay closer to current weight as needed in the college system. Showed great development from the second spring season to the junior fall season. I saw play in November 2021 and athletics and burst at instant jumps. High ceiling player due to his frame and athleticism. Plays with the hand on the ground and as a standing edge. Shows the speed of the short zone. Is heavy, able to anchor and has the ability to stack and throw. Has upper body strength with the ability to add to it. Is balanced even when absorbing a double team. Work hard to get out of the blocks. Relies heavily on speed and determination. Doesn’t shy away from physical play. Is aware of the assignment. Develop techniques and movement sets important for growth on the court. Must continue to work on lower body flexibility to stay low on snap and increase burst when changing direction. Will also help in turns when going around the edges or when performing stunts. Playing a bit lower in the running game will make it more effective when anchoring. Sometimes you have to be more direct to get on the pitch. Multi-year beginner to high-level program. Midterm NFL draft potential.
With Ojiegbe’s signing, Clemson moves into the top 25 of the 2023 Class Rankings, although the early signing period is still around eight months away.