At this time last year defensive end Jayson Oweh hadn’t played a down of football, nor was he familiar with the 40-yard dash.
After an impressive eight-game season, racking up 42 tackles, five tackles for loss and seven sacks, followed by an outstanding performance at The Opening Regional in New Jersey, Oweh has emerged as one of the most intriguing recruits in the nation.
Expect that hype to rise even more.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Blair Academy product posted a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash on Saturday night at Irish Invasion, making the New Jersey product the talk of the camp.
“I knew at The Opening (Regionals in New Jersey) that I could run better than (4.63 seconds) because my stance wasn’t right and I wasn’t exploding out of it,” Oweh said. “I was disappointed in that time, so I was relieved when I got a better score. I still think I can run faster than that.”
Oweh’s April 30 performance at the Jersey Regional was a first-time experience at skills testing event.
“I haven’t done any combine stuff before (The Opening Regional),” Oweh said. “The Opening (Regional) was my first time running the 40.”
With impressive performances in the broad jump and other skills competitions and drills, the Irish staff is fired up about the dynamic New Jersey prospect.
“They love the type of person I am,” Oweh said. “They’re looking for a certain type of athlete. It’s not only about the athletics but also about the academics as well and they think I have a nice character and everything and that under the right leadership, I will be able to do a lot of great things at Notre Dame.
“They want me to be a weak side end, drop back sometimes in coverage.”
Oweh was very impressed with the campus and facilities.
“The campus is amazing,” Oweh said. “Just looking at it, everything is beautiful. I want to be a Civil Engineer, right? So, the architectural structure of all the buildings is really strong. So, it’s a beautiful campus.”
On Friday, Oweh visited Ohio State, another program in the running for the explosive end.
The Buckeyes offered Oweh this spring, the day after the Irish made their move.
“(Ohio State) was great,” Oweh said. “They have a very beautiful campus as well. I got some time to talk to coach (Larry) Johnson. That always means a lot because of what he does, he teaches very well. In my opinion, he’s probably the best defensive line coach in the country.”
Going forward, Oweh doesn’t have any visits planned but hopes to add more campus stops to his agenda later this month.
All in all, Oweh’s attendance at Irish Invasion was a success.
“Notre Dame is definitely still up there and this visit just improved it even more,” Oweh said. “I don’t have a top group or anything set yet but Notre Dame is definitely up there.”
Oweh now has Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State all under his belt.
He hopes to add more schools to that list before making his decision later this year.
“I really don’t know but I’ll probably do it during the season or if not, after the season and take some of the official visits,” Oweh said.