Three-star Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral athlete Michael Onyemaobi was originally set to commit on Dec. 23 -- a nice, early Christmas present for whichever program landed the versatile, 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. For California, it was Christmas in May on Saturday -- graduation day -- as Onyemaobi committed on an unofficial visit.
"It's actually kind of weird the way it worked out for me," Onyemaobi said. "I had top schools, but the one thing I knew about Berkeley, for some reason, I needed to take a visit to know how I felt about the school. They had every single thing that there was to offer me, and the only thing that was missing was being in that environment. I knew that I was going to really, really like it, or I was going to really, really not. I really, really, really loved it. It fits my personality, the city was great, the campus was beautiful. Everything was perfect."
Onyemaobi was shown around by inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler, and with everything about the program in full flower -- from the NFL Draft picks, to the new Under Armour deal, to the commitment of one of the top athletes in the 2016 class -- it was time for the defense to get a win, and it did.
Last season, Onyemaobi caught 31 balls for 576 yards and three touchdowns, missing four games with a concussion. On the other side of the ball, Onyemaobi 41 tackles, 4.0 tackle for loss and two interceptions, which he returned 40 yards, in just seven games.
Onyemaobi will come in as a lock down defensive back for the Bears, and that's where our West Coast analyst Greg Biggins sees him excelling the most, as a "long, athletic corner who can run."
"Onyemaobi is a highly skilled player with a nice frame, a ton of athleticism and a playmaker with the ball in his hands," Biggins said. "He shows up well on film on both sides of the ball and has the ability to play receiver, corner or safety at the next level."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1669921-onyemaobi-lockdown...We plan to see more of Onyemaobi at The Opening Regional in Oakland on May 21.
Washington, Notre Dame and Oregon all stopped by to check out Onyemaobi this spring, and he had an offer from hometown UCLA. The Bruins were a very big player in his recruitment, as he had a close relationship with Demetrice Martin, and his best friend is Demetric Felton, a 2016 UCLA wide receiver signee.
"Everybody said the same thing: UCLA looked like the frontrunner," Onyemaobi said. "It was the frontrunner for a long time. That was my dream school, growing up -- UCLA and USC -- so it was just a matter of getting on campus. I feel love. They're a great school, they have a lot to offer, as well, and I love coach Mora and coach Meat, but at the end of the day, it's, 'Where do I feel at home? Where do I feel at, in my gut?' No doubt in my mind, that's Cal.
"My parents took the view, with UCLA also being in the equation, it was always, 'Michael, where do you believe you feel the most comfortable, the most happy?' They saw that in me, here, and they felt the exact same way about it. It was a win-win."
"Camryn, he's in love with it, and me and him have been talking quite a bit about Cal," Onyemaobi said. "I started asking questions when I started getting interested in the program, and he's been pretty on me, letting me know that this is where it's at."