Programs looking to get involved with Levi Onwuzurike don’t need to rush it.
The four-star defensive end from Allen, Texas, boasts a long list of scholarship offers as the spring evaluation period winds to a close, but he has no intention to cut it down. Instead, Onwuzurike hopes to grab attention from new programs and set up a few summer visits.
“I’m wide open right now,” he said. “I’ll be trimming it down mid-summer or at the end of the summer. I’m gonna start at 10 then probably during the football season, halfway through, I’ll trim it down to five.”
Irish assistants Todd Lyght and Mike Sanford have both stopped at Allen High School for spring workouts. They offered teammate and four-star cornerback Jaylon Jones a scholarship and did some more research on Onwuzurike as they look for pass rushers.
If all goes according to plan, the Irish, Sooners and Longhorns could all join the offer list soon.
“I’d say Notre Dame is close,” Onwuzurike said. “Oklahoma is close. Texas is talking to me. That’s it right there.”
Oklahoma and Texas have both talked about getting the 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect on campus this summer. Right now Onwuzurike hopes to check out Arizona State and Stanford then defer other trips to the fall.
Miami is one program that is already in the mix for an official visit.
“I’ll probably take two this summer and then do the rest on my officials,” Onwuzurike said. “This summer, Arizona State and maybe Stanford. Stanford is a high caliber education school. It’s up in Cali, so that’s nice. Arizona State, Christian Sam from Allen goes there and he told me it’s really nice so I want to check it out.”
Onwuzurike plans to do some research in the coming weeks to sort out defensive schemes and what programs offer from an education perspective. He said he prefers a 4-3 system.
Onwuzurike is also honing his craft this offseason to make an impact at whatever place gets chosen.
“I’ve worked on my pass rush and worked on getting my hips around,” Onwuzurike said. “I’ve learned a couple more moves. Actually, it’s been good.”