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Live From Indy: Larry Ogunjobi

As you take in all of the week’s action in Indy, you’ll see plenty of familiar faces. Top prospects from college football powerhouses like Alabama, LSU, and Michigan will be everywhere and getting most of the attention. But one name flying under the radar is North Carolina-Charlotte defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. And he wears his anonymity like a badge of pride.

Ogunjobi isn’t just the only UNCC 49er at this year’s premier scouting event, he’s the first alumnus to ever be invited. UNCC football has only been around for four years, and he was part of their inaugural 2012 recruiting class. “Just being here (in Indy) is really humbling,” Ogunjobi said. “I’m part of something bigger than myself. I’m here representing everybody in Charlotte, and they’re all rooting for me.”

During his prep for the pros, the 22-year-old has been asked over and over about why he chose to attend a brand new football program. He has the size, strength, and athleticism that coaches crave in their D-lineman, surely other schools would have come calling. But when Ogunjobi looked at UNCC, he saw himself. Both carried a chip on their shoulders and were out to prove that they belonged.

“I didn’t take up football until my sophomore year of high school, and at that point, I was 350 pounds and couldn’t even get into a football stance,” Ogunjobi explained. “I’m obviously way different now, but that took a lot of hard work. Choosing Charlotte meant I could prove that it’s not where you start, but where you finish. It was a blessing being there and helping it grow.”

The jump from Conference USA college ball to the pros will be steep, but Ogunjobi’s putting in the work.

 

People are going to see what you do in the light, but sometimes they won’t see what you do in the dark. But to make that step, you need to do what others won’t do. Those long hours and late nights — you’ve got to do that if you want to show up when it matters most.
Larry Ogunjobi
Defensive Tackle

His family was instrumental in instilling this work ethic into him at a young age. “My parents really taught me the notions of success and respect,” Ogunjobi said. “They taught me that you need to respect the janitor just as much as the CEO. Respect everyone, and work for everything, because in the end, hard work pays off.”

On the gridiron, Ogunjobi is a beast. He uses his 6’2”, 305-pound frame to create a low center of gravity and blast offensive lineman into the backfield with force. Disruptive, explosive, and strong, he has the athletic skills needed to wreak constant havoc in the run and pass game.

But he’ll stand out at the next level because he’ll always play and train with the intensity of that 350-pound high school sophomore out to prove the world wrong. “I know that I’m a really good player, but I’m also a really good person,” Ogunjobi said. “And I think that’s the biggest thing. Somebody once told me that talent sets the floor, but character sets the ceiling.”

2 Comments

  • Larry Ogunjobi Sr:

    Son, the Lord is your strength, be yourself, be humble, have fun and work harder than the next guys and leave the worry to others. We are proud of you.

  • Eva Carter:

    I’m very proud of this young.

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