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Meet the new Longhorns: Defensive tackle Moro Ojomo is a young phenom

Posted February 7th, 2018

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Moro Ojomo, defensive tackle, Katy

FYI: 6-3/280; 3 stars; No. 423-ranked player in 2018 class

Fabulous 55 ranking: 50

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Scouting report: Ojomo is just beginning to scratch the surface as a prospect. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder is only 16 years old. He won’t turn 18 until before his sophomore season as a collegiate. He’s still growing because of his age and that makes his upside appealing. Ojomo could easily grow an inch or two and add 30 to 40 pounds to his frame before stepping foot on the football field.

Ojomo is a three-technique defensive tackle, excelling when he’s allowed to battle guards and avoid double teams. He’s strong at the point of attack, but his best attribute is his ability to run up and down the line of scrimmage. Ojomo carries his weight tremendously and is surprisingly athletic for a prospect his size.

He’s pegged to play the position Chris Nelson currently occupies with Coburn more of a nose tackle like Poona Ford. Ojomo can play defensive tackle in a 4-3 or as a defensive end in an odd-man front like the one often employed by Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. Add in Ojomo’s potential for growth and he’s the type of prospect who could blossom into the steal of the 2018 class.

Ojomo’s youth makes him a prospect with upside. It also means he may need time to adjust to the college game as his body matures. Ojomo will only be 17 as a true freshman and it is tough to expect him to battle grown men on the offensive line. Ojomo is likely a project who Texas would like to redshirt in 2018. If he reaches the field it’ll be on a limited basis to provide depth unless he blows the staff away in preseason practice.

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