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Brooklyn’s best high school football player eyes Clemson University

Brooklyn’s only All-American high school football player is already being recruited by big-name colleges, and now he says Clemson University is making a strong play for him.

Thomas Jefferson HS defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, considered by many to be the best player in New York State, said he’s had talks with the South Carolinian team’s coaching staff, and that he’s seriously considering Clemson along with other college football powerhouses Ole Miss, Syracuse, Florida, and Arizona.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior defensive end said he plans on committing to a college in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Jan. 5, where he’ll play in the nationally televised Under Armour All-American game, which features some of the nation’s top high school football players.

Ogundeko talked about his plans at a ceremony at Jefferson last Thursday where he received his honorary jersey for being selected to the game.

Clemson will be one of school he could select that day. It is back in the mix because the Atlantic Coast Conference school has been recruiting Ogundeko, who will visit Arizona State on Oct. 16, hard over the last month and he’s had good conversations with the coaching staff.

“I would like to go there, but I will just have to wait and see,” Ogundeko said.

Before he make his decision about college he has to focus is on leading Jefferson in its quest for a city championship. The team is off to a 3-1 start and co-coach Gus Cyrus believes his work ethic and selfless nature make him an excellent example to his teammates.

“He’s a humble kid,” Cyrus said. “He’s doesn’t party. He is always in the books. He stays in the gym to work out. You don’t see 16-year old kids doing that.”

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