Future proCane Adewale Ojomo focused on making NFL

One month after Adewale Ojomo's request for a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA was surprisingly denied, abruptly ending his Miami Hurricanes career, the defensive end has fully shifted his focus to the NFL.

"Well, I can't do nothing about it right now, at this point," Ojomo said after a practice earlier this week in preparation for Saturday's Battle of Florida All-Star Game 8 p.m. at FAU Stadium.

"I'm not going to sit back and weep on it. I'm in the real world now, so I've got to conduct myself as an adult and just move forward, do what I have to do in order to get to the next level."

Like seven other former 'Canes, Ojomo has used this week to try to impress NFL scouts.

He's been training at former sprinter Michael Johnson's Performance Center outside Dallas — on the advice of former UM cornerback Brandon Harris — in hopes of losing the 10 pounds he gained in moving to defensive tackle, where the team needed him this past season.

Ojomo, who finished his UM career with 79 tackles, 16 for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, said that experience shows NFL teams he can move inside on third down and be productive. "You need to be versatile when you're trying to make a 53-man roster," he noted.

While he had been confident he'd receive a sixth year from the NCAA, Ojomo said he had been mentally preparing himself for the possibility he wouldn't.

"I knew my career wouldn't be forever," he said. "I was prepared, so it wasn't too much of a shock mentally."

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