While June Jones was out partying in Hawaii, his defensive coordinator Tom Mason was actually doing this pretty important thing called recruiting.
Mason went out to Rowlett to check in on 2015 defensive end Charles Omenihu and eventually extended an offer. Omenihu enjoyed his conversation with Mason and is excited about his latest scholarship.
"Coach Mason came by and talked mostly to my high school coach. He just came up to me and gave me his card and introduced himself," Omenihu said. "So I called him later that day, and that's when he told me I had an offer. It was a great feeling.
"He told me that I could put on some weight and play defensive end. We didn't really get too much in-depth about things. He thinks it would be best if I played outside linebacker though. I'm not sure if I would want to put on all that weight anyway because I would have to redshirt. The way I see it, if you're recruiting me, you're recruiting me to play not sit on the bench."
At 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, Omenihu has plenty of upside. This year was his first year on varsity, and he, along with three-star defensive tackle Cedric Johnson, helped Rowlett dominate the line of scrimmage. Omenihu finished the year with 50 tackles including 11 for loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles.
Omenihu is not yet rated on Scout but is ranked as a three-star on other recruiting services and already holds offers from Northwestern, Louisiana Tech and Tulsa to go along with SMU and holds strong interest from Baylor, where he visited for junior day this weekend, and Michigan, who sent a coach down to see him last week.
He currently does not have any favorites but says his interest in SMU is high.
"They have a tradition rich program, and that's important to me. I know they were the best when they had Eric Dickerson. That history draws me," Omenihu said. "I know they're rebuilding now and trying to get back. Coach Mason told me it would be a great life decision for me to pick SMU because it's also a good school."
Omenihu hopes to continue to develop a relationship with Mason throughout the recruiting process and visit later this spring. For now, he's working hard in the offseason.
"I need to improve on my strength. That's what I'm really working on," Omenihu said. "I can always get better at my pass rush too. I want to make sure this team is the best that's ever been through Rowlett, and that means getting to the fourth round of the playoffs."
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