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DE Shalom Ogbonda Commits to FAU Over Georgia State Football

According to FAU Owl Access, Kempner HS defensive end Shalom Ogbonda has verbally committed to Florida Atlantic over offers from Georgia State, Virginia and Louisana-Lafayette.

"I like the location and I'm very interested in the School of Medicine that's going to open. I like how it's a new program trying to be great. (FAU has) an excellent head coach and they are playing some of the best teams in the country with an aspiration to beat them."

Arkansas, Baylor, Southern Methodist, Boise State and Houston had shown interest in Ogbonda.

Shalom committed sight unseen which is leading some to tag this commit as "soft."  He has been to Miami but has never visited FAU's Boca Raton campus and researched the FAU program, then sent the Owls a highlight video. Shortly thereafter he received an email from FAU quarterback coach and Oklahoma native Jared Allen. Ogbonda and Allen have been communicating via email and phone calls ever since.  He will compete in 2011 as 16-year-old during his senior season in high school, not turning 17 in late December. 

The Georgia State coaching staff currently has three public offers to defensive end prospects.

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