Blue Chip profile: ‘Desire to be the best’ drives Ovie Oghoufo
This is the ninth in a series of profiles on the top 15 players on The Detroit News Blue Chip list. Today: No. 7, Farmington Hills Harrison linebacker Ovie Oghoufo.
Ovie Oghoufo closed out his high school career in style, helping the legendary John Herrington become the state’s winningest head coach while also giving him another trip to Ford Field to compete for the state championship.
Oghoufo had an outstanding season on both sides of the ball to help Farmington Hills Harrison reach the Division 3 state title game – Herrington’s record 18th state championship game appearance – a 28-10 loss to Muskegon.
Oghoufo is known for his tremendous play at linebacker, where he roams sideline-to-sideline to make tackles or force turnovers, but he also got in the action offensively his senior season while earning a spot on The Detroit News Dream Team.
Oghoufo had 32 receptions for 508 yards and five TDs while also getting in on 56 tackles, including seven sacks.
Herrington was never more impressed than with Oghoufo’s 24-yard TD reception to give Harrison a 14-7 lead in a 34-21 win at Linden in a regional championship game, saying: “Ovie made a great play, jumped up over the guy and high-pointed the ball in the end zone.”
Herrington was just as impressed with Oghoufo’s ability to move from outside linebacker to inside linebacker his senior year for the good of the team.
“He made a smooth and he’s been able to go sideline to sideline with good athletic skill,” Herrington said. “He has the desire to be the best.”
Now it’s on to Notre Dame for Oghoufo. He has already enrolled and is preparing for spring practices.
“Notre Dame was the best fit for me, where I can exceed academically as well as athletically,” said Oghoufo, who also had offers from Michigan and Michigan State. “I wanted to early enroll to get a jump on classes and start workouts.”
Oghoufo was pleased with his senior season, especially since Harrison missed the state playoffs his junior year and the school will be closing its doors for good following the 2018-19 school year.
“It was a very successful senior year and the highlight was definitely making it to the state championship game,” said Oghoufo.
Oghoufo said he has made great strides in his speed and athleticism over the past year.
“I played at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds my senior year,” Oghoufo said. “I was at 205 my junior season.”
Oghoufo will be familiar with some of his Notre Dame teammates, especially defensive end Khalid Kareem, who got in on 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble his sophomore year to help the Irish to a 10-3 record, including a bowl win over LSU.
Oghoufo was teammates with Kareem at Harrison in 2015, Kareem’s senior year and Oghoufo’s sophomore season.
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