Hawkeyes snag commitment from Michigan safety prospect

Andy Hamilton
Iowa landed a commitment from Michigan prep safety prospect Michael Ojemudia.

Michael Ojemudia waited until Wednesday to inform the public of a decision he made in his mind Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium.

On his official visit to Iowa, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety prospect slipped into a black No. 13 jersey and made the walk from the Hawkeye locker room to the field as AC/DC's "Back in Black" blared through the stadium speakers.

"I knew (then that) I was going to commit to Iowa," he said. "When I walked onto the field I knew I had to play there for the next four years."

Ojemudia had made a commitment to Eastern Michigan before Iowa and Indiana recently came into the picture. He said the Hawkeyes had been eyeing him since the middle of the season, but they didn't offer a scholarship until he visited campus this past weekend.

"It was mainly coach (Phil) Parker who recruited me and he said he uses a really long evaluation period," Ojemudia said. "He's seen me progress through the season."

Ojemudia played linebacker for Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Mich. He said Eastern Michigan, Wyoming and Indiana recruited him to play outside linebacker, but Parker pictures him as a strong safety in the Iowa defense.

"I feel like I'm up to par (in pass coverage)," Ojemudia said. "A lot of times this season I was put man-to-man on a receiver."