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July 23, 2012
On the July 13-15 weekend, four-star prospect Dante Phillips made a visit to WKU's campus...and while the No. 9 defensive tackle in the Class of 2012 eventually committed to Tennessee, his serious consideration of the Hilltoppers made a national statement that WKU Head Coach Willie Taggart and his staff fear no program on the recruiting trail.
As it turns out, Phillips' visit was just the first of what could become many national recruiting headlines for the WKU coaching staff.
The No. 12 defensive end in the Class of 2013, four-star Ebenezer Ogundeko, is one of several nationally ranked targets that could be making their way to Bowling Green, Ky., for the program's camp on the July 28 weekend.
Ogundeko, who currently has a top three of Florida, Notre Dame, and Syracuse, talked to InsideHilltopperSports.com about his connection to WKU, assistant coach Raymond Woodie.
"He (Woodie) is a good guy," Ogundeko said. "I don't know much about WKU, but I'm excited to see what happens this weekend (July 28)."
Ogundeko, the No. 1 overall ranked player in the state of New York, recently performed at The Opening, a camp for the top prospects around the country hosted on the Nike campus in Oregon.
In a story for InsidetheGators.com, Rivals.com national analyst Chris Nee broke down Ogundeko's play.
"Ogundeko came off as a raw defensive lineman with good size and a high level of athleticism," Nee said. "He moves very well but didn't exhibit a great deal of technique."
Ogundeko told InsideHilltopperSports some of the factors he's looking for in a program.
"I really want to have good relationships with the players and coaches," Ogundeko said. "Somewhere I can be comfortable for the next four or five years."
Who are the other top prospects checking out WKU's July 28 camp? Talk about it in WKU Confidential.