Three-star defensive end Jayson Oweh played his first football last season.
His stats didn’t suggest rookie-status.
Oweh racked up 42 tackles, five tackles for loss and seven sacks in only eight games. He has gained the attention of coaches along the East Coast, through SEC country and the Midwest.
Until today, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Navy, North Carolina, Penn State and Wisconsin represented his top offers. Now include Notre Dame after a school visit to Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., by defensive coordinator Mike Elko on Monday.
Irish Illustrated caught up with Oweh to get his thoughts on his Monday morning offer.
“It’s a great accomplishment because they’re an independent school and they’re great academically and athletically,” Oweh said, “When (Elko) said it, I was just really amazed and really surprised, because I’m taking my recruitment to a national scale.”
Oweh also holds a Harvard offer, likely a positive sign for Notre Dame with the 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete.
“I’m an academics guy too,” Oweh said. “So, I love that aspect of them. I love that they’re an independent program. That means they can play teams from different conferences, I love that. It’s better competition. They get people to the NFL … they put 29 players into the NFL in the last five years. So, that’s very impressive. I just like the school.”
With an offer in hand, Oweh is eyeing a trip to South Bend in the coming weeks.
“I’m probably going to (visit) on the Irish Invasion day,” Oweh said. “I’m going to try to come to that. Then, I’m going to check out all the other schools, check out all they have and then make a decision after the season.”
Going from a complete unknown to 20-plus offers will take some adjustment.
“It’s a blessing, it’s overwhelming and four or five months ago, I didn’t have any offers,” Oweh said. “I was fighting for my first offer. For me to have, what is it, 24 now? It’s a blessing.
“I don’t really know yet, but Notre Dame is definitely, definitely right up there.”
Oweh is one of the strongest students at Blair Academy and carries the physical traits the Irish want in a defensive end. He also tested extremely well at the recent Opening Regional in New Jersey, posting 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.
Defensive line coach Mike Elston stopped by Blair Academy last Monday and spoke with head coach Jim Saylor. Elston informed them that Elko would be stopping by soon. Turns out it took exactly a week for the Irish to get back to New Jersey to hand out this latest offer.