Arizona State has two players on its football roster who attended Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, and is now working to add a third.
Michael Onyemaobi a 6-foot-1, 185 pound two-way prospect in the 2017 class, was extended a scholarship offer from the Sun Devils on Wednesday, his sixth reported offer.
"I know a good amount about ASU because two of my former teammates Malik Lawal and Mason Walter are on the football team there and they were like my big brothers when they were still in high school," Onyemaobi said. "I looked up to them and we still keep in contact and talk about the school and about Tempe and stuff, so I know about ASU through them."
The Sun Devils are looking at Onyemaobi as a defensive back as well as at wide receiver, with new secondary coach T.J. Rushing reaching out to up the program's ante this week.
"Coaching Rushing, the new [defensive backs] coach hit me up and asked me to give him a call and then we spoke and he offered" Onyemaobi said. "They had come out a few weeks ago, not coach Rushing, I think it was the offensive line coach, just to my school and then they offered me now, that's really all I've talked with ASU so far. Coach Rushing wants me to be a [defensive back] but I guess their receivers coach also likes me. I think they're kind of battling it out for where I'd play.
"A lot of schools are recruiting me on defense because they like my size there and how I match up against receivers, especially in the Pac-12. It doesn't matter to me one way or the other, I just love to play."
ASU joins Cal, Hawaii, Idaho, UCLA and Washington State as the schools to have offered a scholarship according to Onyemaobi. The first came less than a month from Cal.
"It happened really fast," he said. "I was surprised. You start seeing other people getting their offers and wonder if it's going to come for you but at the end of the day I just was focused on my strength and controlling what I can control and knowing God has his plan for me.
"It's pretty good right now but I know it could get overwhelming. For the most part so far it's going well. I feel like I have to keep focused on that it's not just where you're going to play football, but where you're going to get your education and how that impacts the rest of your life."
Onyeamaobi, who is originally from Maryland, is planning to take some college visits this spring but hasn't set any up as yet.null