OU to see Onwukaife in new defensive role

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated kept things rolling from the Texas state 7-on7 tournament. Cedar Park defender Holmes Onwukaife talked with SI briefly.

There are 16 players committed to Oklahoma for the 2010 class and there are many more offers still in the hands of some of the nation's top football talent. And there are even a few more who are still being watched by the Sooner coaching staff.

In some cases, like with Cedar Park defender Holmes Onwukaife, the coaches want to see a little more action before the offer comes. So a senior evaluation is done before prior to an extension of a scholarship. 

Last season Holmes excelled from the defensive end position, but for his final season will make the move to outside linebacker. And that is where a couple of top Big 12 schools see Onwukaife.

"Oklahoma is showing a lot of interest, but they want to see more progress. The coaches want to see how I will perform as an outside linebacker," Onwukaife said. "They (Sooner coaches) want to see a few games during my senior season at my new position. With Texas, the situation is somewhat the same, they want to see how I play on the outside as well."

But no worries as the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Onwukaife is up to 21 offers from across the country. 

For the moment, Holmes has offers from programs like Virginia, UCLA, Texas Tech, Missouri, Maryland, Kentucky, Rice, and Michigan. Those are only a few of his double-digits offers he thought of off the top of his head.

According to Onwukaife, most of the schools are looking for him to play at his new position of outside linebacker. And actually, he prefers the latter.

"Most schools are looking at me for outside linebacker/defensive end/ hybrid. Some schools want me just at defensive end though," Onwukaife said. "Last year as a defensive end in the 3-4 (defense), I had 50 tackles and nine sacks. I feel I did real well off the edge using my hands. But with this new position at outside linebacker, it may be better suited for my body type and I can come from the outside and make plays."

And making plays is what got him his three-star rating by Scout.com and is the No. 57 defensive end in the country. With recruiting, Onwukaife is taking things a bit easy and not rushing into any hasty decisions.

Even more so, he has not been vocal about what programs are on top.

"I have narrowed my schools down some, but I'd rather not say right now," Onwukaife said. "Currently I am taking things slowly and digesting things. You know doing my research on schools and making the most of the opportunity. In the next couple of weeks, I may take some visits. 

"I am interested in a lot of schools, some that have not even offered me. Of course, Oklahoma and Texas, but I plan to visit Florida State soon as well."

Aside from the Seminoles, the two other Big 12 schools are still checking in on Onwukaife. 

He spoke about he connection with the Sooner coaches.

"I talk to coach (Kevin) Wilson about once a week," Onwukaife said. "We talk a lot by email too so we stay in touch. He checks in with me to see how things are. I have good interest in Oklahoma. I like that it's close to home and it's a big strong program. I think that I could do well there academically as well."


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