GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some may surprise you. First up is defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson).
Why he could end up in Florida's class
Ogundeko visited Florida last weekend and came away very impressed with what he saw. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound athlete may seem undersized but Florida loves his athletic ability, and he could be the speed rusher the Gators are looking for in their class. After his trip to Gainesville, Ogundeko listed Florida in his top three along with Syracuse and Notre Dame. He will make his decision on July 20, and right now the Gators seem to be right at the top of his list.
Why he might not be in Florida's class
Right now, distance would be the only issue for Ogundeko. The other two schools in his top three, Syracuse and Notre Dame, are much closer than Florida. Ogundeko says distance will not be a factor, but that remains to be seen. Offensive lineman John Montelus' (Everett, Mass./Everett) decision also came down to Florida and Notre Dame. Montelus picked Notre Dame in the end. Will Ogundeko follow Montelus' lead, or will he take his own path through Gainesville? We will find out on July 20.