Comfort Level Rising Between U-M, Onwenu

2016 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star lineman Michael Onwenu took another visit to Michigan over the weekend. The two-way athlete discusses practice, his impression of the Wolverines, and more.

One thing is certain when it comes to 2016 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech four-star lineman Michael Onwenu -- he is one big teenager.

Looking past the 6-foot-2, 285-pound frame, question marks begin to arise about which side of the ball Onwenu will play on at the next level, and of course what college program will eventually receive his verbal commitment.

Visiting Michigan once again over the weekend, Onwenu says the positional debate rages on.

“We went for practice and to talk to the coaches,” Onwenu said. “The last time I went they were fighting over me but this was just a practice and I paid attention to both (sides of the ball).”

Onwenu has been a regular at Michigan’s practices this spring and Saturday provided yet another opportunity for the Cass Tech star to view the coaching staff up close.

“It was my third or second practice,” Onwenu said. “I was with Coach Singletary the whole time but I’ve been talking to Coach Drevno and I was watching him work with the offensive line.

“When Coach (Will) Carr was doing 1-on-1’s I was watching him with the defensive line.”

Part of the conversation at practice centered on the work the Wolverines are putting in to get the program built back up.

“He basically told me that everybody is doubting them but once they get started they’re going to get rolling,” Onwenu stated.

Standing on the sideline near the drills, Onwenu couldn’t fight the urge to jump in and compete himself.

“(Singletary) said, ‘you ready to suit up?’ and I was like, ‘yeah I’m ready,’” Onwenu said.

“He said it would be great cause some of the people that were working at the University of Miami are at Michigan now and I guess Coach Harbaugh heard about that camp from them. He said I could be a dominant force on either offense or defense.”

Spending so much time up in Ann Arbor, especially since the first of the year, Onwenu says his bond with the Wolverines grows with every interaction.

“I’m very comfortable,” he said. “Some of the coaches that were there before help so it’s only getting better. Now with Coach Harbaugh singling me out and stuff, it’s definitely good.”

Onwenu says a decision is still far off and plans to take more visits this spring and summer.


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