Four-Star Pass Rusher Set to Visit Vols

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    (Photo via John Silas/Marietta Daily Journal)

    One of Tennessee’s top targets in the 2020 recruiting cycle will be in town in just over a week.

    Four-star defensive end/outside linebacker BJ Ojulari is one of the Vols’ higher priority targets in the 2020 cycle. He’s teammates with current Vol commit and four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey at Marietta High School, and he’ll reportedly be in Knoxville on April 4th according to Vol Recruiting Reports.

    Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Ojulari is the No. 156 overall prospect in the 2020 class. He’s also rated as the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the cycle and the No. 18 player in the state of Georgia.

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    Ojulari has already visited Tennessee multiple times over the past year, and the Vols are considered one of the favorites in his recruitment. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound pass rusher has already attended a Junior Day event on campus back in January of this year, and he visited twice during UT’s season last year. He was also in Knoxville for UT’s big BBQ event at the end of July in 2018.

    Right now, Ojulari holds offers from teams like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, and Michigan among many others.

    Not only is the talented defender teammates with Tennessee commit Harrison Bailey, but he’s teammates with several other top targets for the Vols in the 2020 class. Five-star athlete Arik Gilbert, four-star offensive tackle Jake Wray, four-star safety and Florida commit Rashad Torrence, three-star running back Kimani Vidal, and three-star wide receiver Kobe Stewart are also teammates with Ojulari.

    As for Ojulari, he’s a very versatile defender who shows a lot of promise at the next level.

    Ojulari plays as both a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end and an outside linebacker for Marietta, and that versatility makes him dangerous and hard to defend. He has really good speed off the edge to get into the backfield quickly, but he’s more than just a pass rusher; Ojulari is more than capable of stopping the run and catching running backs, too. He has good enough speed to play sideline to sideline as a linebacker. He’ll still need to learn some more techniques and more of the finer details of whatever position he plays in college, but his raw athleticism and solid football IQ are really good foundations to build on.

    As a junior for Marietta, Ojulari totaled 104 tackles, five sacks, 18 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two passes defended, and a blocked kick according to MaxPreps. In his last two seasons with Marietta, Ojulari has amassed 205 tackles, 14 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and four passes defended in 24 games.

    Ojulari is also a standout on Marietta’s track team and competes in several events.

    The Vols currently have only four players committed to them in their 2020 class, and only two of them are on the defensive side of the ball. Four-star defensive tackle Dominic Bailey and four-star JUCO defensive end Jordan Davis are UT’s only defensive commits in the 2020 cycle thus far.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.