Written By Nick Holmes (@HoosierHolmes)
Despite being committed to Eastern Michigan for nearly eight months, Michael Ojemudia called off his pledge with the Eagles on Sunday in light of recent events regarding his recruitment. It was not the offer from Wyoming that he received last week that had him second-guessing his commitment to EMU, but the increased attention he was receiving from Big Ten schools, Iowa and Indiana. This weekend the talented linebacker/safety took an official visit to Iowa, during which he received an offer from the Hawkeyes. Then on Sunday evening Ojemudia reported via his twitter account that the Hoosiers had also offered him a scholarship.
It was initially believed that the Michigan native would be in Bloomington this weekend, but a change of plans landed him in Iowa City. However, with just one weekend remaining before signing day and Indiana is his only other school of interest according to Rivals.com, there is a strong likelihood he could be making a trip to the capital of Hoosier Nation next Friday. If Michael does end up at either Iowa or Indiana, he wouldn’t be the only Ojemudia in the Big Ten, as is older brother Mario currently plays for the Michigan Wolverines.
The two-star prospect had a strong senior season at Harrison High School, playing on both offense and defense for the Hawks. The senior’s highlights portray an athlete who excels in pass coverage, intercepting the ball multiple times, while also being adept at supporting the run, often blowing up plays in the backfield. Ojemudia’s combination of speed and size, 6-foot 2, 190 pounds, could make him an option for the Hoosiers at Bandit Outside Linebacker, which was most recently manned by Flo Hardin.
Returning at the position for the Hoosiers in 2015 is junior Clyde Newton and redshirt freshman Dameon Willis. Omari Stringer, a current 2015 commit and Illinois native, could also potentially see playing time at the spot for Indiana.