Sun Devils Have Onyeali's Attention

Defensive end Nduka Onyeali has not quite narrowed down his list of favorites, but it is a given that Arizona State will make his final cut. The Sun Devils were the first school to offer the Denver Mullen standout, and overall have deeply impressed Onyeali thus far in the recruiting process.

"Arizona State offered me back in March," said the 6-2 240 Nduka Onyeali. "They offered me first so I definitely have a lot of respect for them. I like coach Lubick and I've seen them (ASU) on TV a lot in the last couple of years. I like the way they play and it seems like they are located in a great area. It just feels like it would be a good place to be at.

"I'm not sure yet if I'm going to take unofficial visits in the summer, but if I will I'm definitely going to visit Arizona State. I plan on taking an official (visit) there too."

Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Minnesota and Syracuse are some of the other programs who have offered Onyeali. The defensive end also mentioned both Kansas schools as possible destinations of his unofficial visits.

"By the beginning of the season I will definitely narrow it down," Onyeali stated. "I'm going to try to make it a top five, but it may be like a top six or seven. Then I'm going to decide which five (official) visits I'm going to take.

Onyeali was one of the stars for 11-2 Mullen, a 5A powerhouse high school program in Colorado. The defensive end earned All-State honors following the Mustangs' state championship, as he collected 105 tackles and 19 sacks in his junior campaign. He's mostly being recruited (including ASU) as a defensive end, which is his preferable position, but some schools are pursuing him as a linebacker.

"My speed and my power are definitely my strong points," Onyeali remarked. "I run a 4.5, squat 560 lbs. and I bench 405. I need to work more on my lateral movement and stopping the run."

The defensive end also runs the 100m and 100mx4 on Mullen's track team and has a personal best mark of 11.05 seconds in the 100 meters. "Running track helps me with my football speed," Onyeali explained. "ASU's defensive line plays fast and is very quick. That's how my high school D-Line is so I feel comfortable with that style."

The defensive end indicated that he knows ASU's incoming freshman Matt Tucker and that the Sun Devils' safety has already begun to recruit Onyeali and so he can join the maroon and gold.

By and large Onyeali is oblivious to the distance factor, and said that proximity to his Denver area home will not dictate his choice of college.

"I'm looking for a good environment," Onyeali commented, "a good defensive line coach that will improve my game and help me get to the next level. I also want a very good strength and conditioning program.

"I plan on taking all my five visits before I make my decision, but honestly if one visit really stands out then I would just commit to that school. But I really expect to make a decision halfway through the season or close to the end of the season."

The mantra ‘state or bust' rings true only to the true elite high school programs and Mullen certainly fits that description. "We always expect to win state," Onyeali said. "Going into this year we lose two very good defensive players (safety Alex Logan being one of them) but we return nine players on defense. We lose some offensive linemen too, but we should have a good team.

"It will always be a disappointing season if we don't win state."

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