Irish evaluating Cal commit

The last couple recruiting cycles revealed Notre Dame likes to work prospects committed elsewhere. The Irish have yet to flip one in 2017, but Bears’ commitment Michael Onyemaobi could be their next target.

Notre Dame has one cornerback committed in four-star athlete Paulson Adebo. It would like to add another to its 2017 class.

Under evaluation as a potential candidate to fill that spot is Cal-Berkeley commitment Michael Onyemaobi, who’s been on Notre Dame’s radar for a while.

“Coach (Mike) Sanford made it seem like he was getting ready to offer me in the spring after he checked out my GPA and my transcripts,” Onyemaobi said. “But then in May I committed to Cal, so the communication with him kind of stopped. After we got him my grades, he still didn’t pull the trigger.

“We’ve been talking more recently after coach Sanford reached out to my coach and said he was impressed with my transcripts. Recruiting isn’t really their big focus right now because they’re getting ready for games. So, after a couple of my games or when my mid-season highlights come out, I hope to hear from them more about it.”

While Notre Dame likes the 6-foot-1, 187-pound athlete on defense, most schools are recruiting the product of Temecula, Calif., for offense.

“(Sanford) likes my speed at the cornerback spot, but most schools see me developing on the offensive side of the ball,” Onyemaobi said. “That’s more of where I see my future, on offense.

“Regardless though, Notre Dame will get a heavy look because of the opportunities they have on the field and with academics. That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a school, and it’s the main reason why I committed to Cal.”

Onyemaobi will take an official visit to Washington State for its last game of the season versus Washington.

Notre Dame is among other programs in contention for an official visit this fall. 

“Notre Dame and USC are watching me, and Washington State and Arizona State are recruiting me the hardest after Cal,” Onyemaobi said.

Onyemaobi will play on both sides of the ball for Chaparral this season.

“I’ll play slot and the cornerback/outside linebacker/nickel position.”

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