Junior college All-American cornerback Chijioke Onyenegecha has decided to enroll at Oklahoma no matter now the NCAA rules on his appeal to earn back his one year of eligibility, sources told OUInsider.com on Friday.
Onyenegecha was released from his letter of intent by Arizona State leaving him with the ability to go to any school in the country. Onyenegecha committed to OU shortly after asking to get out of his original LOI to Arizona State and has never back off that commitment.
Arizona State's decision to let Onyenegecha out of his LOI still left the star corner with the problem of having to sit out one year before he can resume play with two years of eligibility remaining. Oneyengecha has appealed to the NCAA to give him back that year because of unusual circumstances in his case. He is still waiting to hear the result of his case.
However, no matter what the ruling is Onyenegecha is going to enroll at OU next fall. If he gets his year back then he will compete for the starting wide side cornerback spot currently held by junior Antonio Perkins. If he has to set out the year he says he will work on the scout team and maybe run track at OU. However, he still indicates that he might try his luck in the NFL draft, which he would be eligible for next year.
One NFL scout told San Francisco City College Head Coach George Rush of San Francisco City College that Onyenegecha would have been no worse than the second corner taken in the draft if he had been eligible this year. Coach Rush annually turns out a number of players who sign D-1 scholarship players and he says that Onyenegecha is the most complete football player he has ever coached.
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