Ah, the last of the 70s. What better way to end them than with local standout, #70 John Ojukwu?
#70, John Ojukwu, True Freshman, OT
Weight: 285 lbs
High School: Boise High School, Boise, ID
How'd he get to the Blue™?
John didn’t have to travel far to get home. Passing on offers from Hawaii and Portland State, John elected to stay home and play for the boys in Blue. On top of that, he graduated high school a semester early to join the Broncos for spring training.
Yeah, he isn’t the biggest guy on the team, but coming in at 6’6 and 285 as a freshman? Wow.
Craig Robinson, but sans beard.
John was a 3-star tackle according to Scout. He was also listed as the #3 prospect in the entire state by Scout. He earned first-team all-conference and first-team all-state as a senior. He also lettered in wrestling and track & field as well. As I said, he graduated early to join the Broncos in the spring.
As Drew recently stated on his Ezra Cleveland article, there is much to be optimistic about despite the losses on the line.
We look to have a pretty hefty (pun intended) O-line this season with Rimington Award watch list center Mason Hampton back, Offensive Scout Team POY Ezra Cleveland, OL stalwart Archie Lewis returning, and incoming JuCo behemoth Isiah Moore. That’s just to name a few.
John was the only high school offensive lineman we took this season, the other JuCo players being Moore and Zach Troughton. While I love to see players get early playing time, the offensive line generally isn’t one where they test those waters. I anticipate John will redshirt this season to MAYBE gain some weight, but mostly to get comfortable with the playbook, system, and speed of college football.
Is he on Twitter?
I like to see this kind of mindset. Excited, yet focused.
Completely made up fact
John’s summer job in high school was home remodel demolitions. Builders saved money by hiring John instead of a team of demolishers. John didn’t even need any tools. Instead, he just practiced like the walls were opposing defensive lineman. They didn’t stand a chance.