Recruit Profile: Chigozie Onyekwere

TSR checks in with 2014 wide receiver Chigozie Onyekwere from Friendship Collegiate

Friendship Collegiate wide receiver Chigozie Onyekwere is a three star prospect and the #42 wide receiver in the class of 2014. Friendship has become a leader in DC football and has been turning out top recruits for the past few years. Three of Frienship's top players in the 2013 class, Derwin Gray, Cavon Walker, and Jermaine Carter, all commited to Maryland. Friendship linebacker Yannick Ngakoue was previously commited to the Terps but has changed his mind and opened his recruitment back up.

Onyekwere said he is interested in the Terps also, but has not received an offer from them yet. Onyekwere said he spoke with Maryland coach Randy Edsall when Edsall attended one of Frienship's summer 7-on-7 games. The wide receiver said that Edsall told him Maryland is keeping a close eye on him.

“Maryland's a good football team,” said Onyekwere, “they suffered this year but they're still under a great coach and a great staff, a lot of good things can be done.”

Onyekwere also gave his opinion on Maryland's move to the Big Ten conference, “I would say Maryland won't be successful the first year or two in the Big Ten, but in the coming up years they will adjust to the recruiting of the new conference. Coach Edsall can get it done, I think the number one issue is recruiting, if they can bring guys in they can get it done.”

On whether he could be a piece of Maryland's upcoming recruiting class, Onyekwere said, “I have interest in Maryland but I haven't really heard from them in a while so I'm not leaning towards them right now.” Onyekwere said he likes the location of Maryland and the idea of playing alongside his Friendship teammates, and would consider Maryland if they were to give him more attention and eventually an offer.

Onyekwere describes himself as “a leader, a motivator, somebody that's always pumped up to play the game even if we're down by 60.” He cited his strengths as speed, quickness, agility and football IQ. He notes that his biggest weakness is his ball skills, which he plans to work on over the offseason.

The 5'11, 188 lb. wide receiver compares himself to Philadelphia Eagles receiver Dashawn Jackson at the professional level, and West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin at the college level. He says, “they can get the ball in space, catch a five yard hitch and turn it into a 30 yard touchdown, those are the guys I relate myself towards.”

Onyekwere says he improved on his vision, speed and knowledge of football during his junior year. The receiver says he improved his 40 yard dash time from a 4.45 to a 4.4 flat, showing a significant increase in speed that he can use to burn college cornerbacks.

The junior says the most important thing he is looking for in a college is a team that passes a lot and spreads the field. He is also looking for, “a family, a staff that treats their players like their kids, players are brothers and everybody is one.”

Onyekwere has visited Maryland, Tennessee, Pitt, and West Virginia. The one offer he holds is from NC State, but he says he has been receiving a lot of attention from Arizona, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Clemson, among others.

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