Onwenu Ready to Play Both Ways Inside

2016 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech lineman Michael Onwenu will have quite a bit of responsibility on his shoulders when he takes the field this fall. Onwenu on playing both ways, one at a different position, his growing relationship with Michigan, and more.

Easily one of the most intriguing young prospects in the state of Michigan, 2016 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star lineman Michael Onwenu is primed for a big fall.

Spending last season as an offensive tackle, Onwenu will slide inside on the offensive line, still ready to play both ways as a nose tackle defensively too.

“I’m going to play both ways,” Onwenu said. “I’m going to play guard and the nose tackle on defense.”

“Last year I played tackle but I don’t really mind moving positions,” Onwenu added. “Wherever coach wants me to play I’ll play.”

For Onwenu, the move inside on the offensive line won’t be completely foreign to him, going back to his days playing youth football.

“When I was younger in the PAL days I used to play guard,” Onwenu said. “So I was more used to playing guard and then I got moved to tackle so now I can just play both.”

Earlier this month Onwenu took the field to compete at Sound Mind Sound Body alongside some of the best players in the country.

Although he only got to get a few reps as a defensive tackle, Onwenu believes his performance as a whole was very productive.

“It was a good experience,” Onwenu said. “There was a lot of good players and a lot of competition.”

“I think I did good,” Onwenu added. “I wanted to do more on both sides though. They wanted me to do the majority of the position I came for but I like playing both.”

Already holding offers from Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State and others, Onwenu also cherished the opportunity to compete in front of and be coached by several college coaches in attendance.

“It was a nice experience,” Onwenu said. “Working out for the coaches that want me, that want me to play for them so they can see what I have and what I have to offer.”

With growing familiarity with the Michigan program, Onwenu also competed at Michigan’s camp in the middle of June.

Still waiting on an offer from the Wolverines, Onwenu says one aspect of the program really stands out to him.

“Michigan is a nice program,” Onwenu said. “It’s like a family based thing at Michigan so, if I go there I’m going to feel like a part of the family. It’s nice.”

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