ND Commit Onwualu Still Busy

Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) receiver James Onwualu has been committed to Notre Dame for two months, but it doesn't mean he is resting in the recruiting the game.

The craziness of the spring evaluation period creates a whirlwind for many recruits, but receiver James Onwualu isn't one of them.

Some schools stopped by Cretin Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) to check on the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, but they don't get past the coach's office.

Onwuala committed to Notre Dame two months ago, and rather than spend his time worrying about his recruitment, his focus is on building relationships with other members of the Irish's Top 10 class while also trying to add a few more names to it.

"It's definitely more relaxed than last summer," Onwuala said. "I heard of a couple schools stopping by my school, but they know I'm very committed to my decision. I think they just check with my coach if there is a possibility, but everyone, for the most part, is respecting my decision."

Onwuala said his discussions with non-committed prospects are not hard sells, but he does spend a lot of time talking with former Ohio State commit and Wyomissing (Pa.) High four-star outside linebacker Alex Anzalone.

"I was very close to him before he committed to Ohio State and continued my relationship, and congratulated him after his commitment," Onwuala said. "Now, he's de-committed and our friendship continues, and hopefully he'll wind up at Notre Dame the second time around."

Onwuala added the relationship building will continue when the committed prospects meet at Notre Dame's June camp.

"All of the commits are going back for their camp so we can hang out, play together and be around each other," he said. "Other than that, I'll probably go visit a couple of my friends who could be leaving early (for college), and I'll definitely be training, like I do now. And I'll be helping my team get ready for the season.

"I just enjoy building relationships with people that are similar to me and have the same aspirations as me. I think anyone that is considering Notre Dame definitely would be in that category. I really like talking to the guys, and I guess recruiting them a little bit, but it's really building relationships with people I have the potential to be playing with."

And the best part of it for Onwuala is the lack of pressure.

"There's a lot of weight off my shoulders, a lot of pressure gone," Onwuala said. "I'm feeling great and really enjoying building relationships with my new friends, and I'm very excited about what my future looks like."


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