3-Star DE Chidi Ogbonnaya Flips From Houston To Baylor

    Three-star defensive end Chidi Ogbonnaya flipped his commitment from Houston to Baylor on Thursday, giving the Bears their 21st commit in the 2017 recruiting class.

    January 26, 2017

    Three-star defensive end Chidi Ogbonnaya flipped his commitment from Houston to Baylor on Thursday, giving the Bears their 21st commit in the 2017 recruiting class. 


    Since Matt Rhule took over in Waco, the Bears have been trending upward. And it’s showing on the recruiting trail.

    Rhule’s staff had added 16 recruits to its board entering Thursday, and it picked up its 17th commit of the month when 3-star prospect Chidi Ogbonnaya flipped his commitment from Houston to Baylor.

    The Houston native is ranked as the No. 150 defensive end in the country and the No. 15 defensive end in the Lone Star State. He released a statement regarding his decision to flip his pledge from the Cougars to the Bears.

    “I wanna’ thank [the] University of Houston for giving me an amazing opportunity. I wanna’ give thanks to Coach Blum and [Coach] Applewhite, but after thinking things over with my family, we have decided it’s best I take a different road. I will always be pro H-Town Takeover. And [I] wish the best for the guys I met in Houston. with that being said, I’m proud to announce that I will [be] continuing my football [career] and education at Baylor University.”

    At 6-foot-5, 245 lbs Ogbonnaya explodes off the ball and jolts offensive linemen with his initial punch. He’s above-average run stopper who reads and reacts to the ball well.

    With the addition of Ogbonnaya, Baylor now has 21 total commits in the cycle and moved up from No. 40 to No. 39 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings. Houston, on the other hand, is down to 14 commits and sits at No. 71.

    UPDATE: Ogbonnaya has since deleted the tweet announcing his flip and has not yet reaffirmed the decision.

    Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

    MORE: 4-Star ILB Jacob Phillips Flips Commitment

    DOWNLOAD THE APP

    Have the full Stadium experience

    Watch with friends

    Get rewards

    Join the discussion