Texas LB Camps at UNC

North Carolina is the only camp Holmes Onwukaife has attended this summer – and he doesn't plan to camp anywhere else.

"North Carolina has been a top school of interest based on having top academics and Butch Davis taking over the program and having them heading in the right direction," Onwukaife said. "I just wanted to go to North Carolina, check out the atmosphere, the weather, just meet all the coaches, and participate in camp."

Onwukaife has started at defensive end for Cedar Park (Texas) the past two seasons in both a 4-3 (sophomore year) and a 3-4 (junior year) scheme. This spring, though, the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was moved to outside linebacker, which is his projected collegiate position.

Onwukaife participated in the two Thursday sessions of UNC's second two-day camp and worked out exclusively at linebacker under Art Kaufman.

"Coach Kaufman, he just wanted to see me move out in space and see me move from side to side," Onwukaife said. "What he had told me from my performance was that I had a whole lot more power and quickness than he had expected.

"He said they're probably looking at taking one or two more linebackers with this class. He basically told me they're putting me on their top priority list. I haven't played a game at outside linebacker yet, so he said he just wants to see me in the first game of the season and we'll go from there."

Over 20 schools have offered Onwukaife a scholarship, including Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

The camp marked the first time Onwukaife has visited the state of North Carolina.

"From the moment we were landing in the plane, you could see the vegetation is totally different than Texas," Onwukaife said. "The heat was nowhere near Texas heat. I went through camp and was like ‘Wow, this is as hot as it gets.'

"I got a good look at the campus. They're still working on some things – I guess they have a lot of projects going on. But [the campus] was very nice."

In addition to being UNC's linebacker coach, Kaufman is also Onwukaife's primary recruiter. Thus, Onwukaife was with Kaufman for much of his visit.

During his stay, Onwukaife didn't get a chance to speak with Butch Davis, who wasn't on campus. Instead, he met with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"He told me ‘thanks for coming down – it means a lot to travel from Texas,'" Onwukaife said. "He also said that he heard good things about me from Coach Kaufman and that they were very interested."

Additionally, Onwukaife met with members of the academic support staff.

Just before heading to UNC's camp, Holmes was on the verge of verbally committing to Michigan. Now, though, the Wolverines aren't even an option.

"Long story short, their outside linebacker position was full so they offered me to try middle linebacker," Holmes said. "I prefer to stick to outside linebacker."

Onwukaife now hopes to verbally commit before the end of the summer. If needed, though, he could wait to make a decision until three or four games into the season.

"I'm just taking my time, doing my research, and enjoying the recruiting process," Onwukaife said.

Onwukaife is considering every school that has offered him a scholarship, plus UNC.

"[UNC] is still up there [and] is definitely a school of interest," Onwukaife said. "I'm going to take Coach Kaufman's word and I'm just going to continue to work hard and do my best during the season and go from there."

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