UCLA Football: The D-line is stacked as Otito Ogbonnia commits

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jacob Tuioti-Mariner /

The UCLA football team did some damage on the recruiting trail as they landed their sixth defensive lineman with the commitment of 3-star DT Otto Ogbonnia (Taylor HS/Katy, TX).

Good morning, Bruins and Happy National Signing Day! The UCLA football team just received their second commitment of the day and it is a big one as Texas native Otito Ogbonnia, who comes in at 6’3″, 300 lbs., is heading to Westwood.

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The Bruins are utterly stacked on the defensive line as Ogbonnia is the sixth player in this position group in this class alone. The Bruins are going to have a ton of depth as they switch to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro.

In addition to that, Ogbonnia had made a connection with DL coach Vince Oghobaase who are both  defensive linemen of Nigerian decent that hail from the Houston area. In addition to that, the Taylor product seems like a perfect fit for the Bruins’ defense.

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The first thing you notice about Ogbonnia is his size as he is a big individual that takes up a lot of space and demands the attention of blockers. As a tackle he is able to push his way through the line. He is not the fastest lineman, but he does not give up on plays which make shim dangerous when a play breaks up.

He is also very strong and can push offensive lineman off their assignment and does an excellent job of wrapping up ball carriers and dropping them at the point of contact,

If the Bruins are going to make a commitment to pressuring the opposition, then Ogbonnia is a player you want on your side. He joins Atonio Mafi, Elijah Wade, Tyler Manoa, Steven Mason and Baraka Bennett on the (what will eventually be a brutal and aggressive) offensive line.

UCLA now has 25 total, commitments to the 2018 recruiting class and is ranked 16 in the nation according to 247Sports class rankings.

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Welcome to Westwood, Otto!