Onyeali Decision Coming

The Syracuse coaching staff has already locked up a quarterback from Mullen High School in Jonny Miller and one of their top targets is his teammate on the defensive line in Nduka Onyeali. SyracuseFan.com talked to Onyeali on Sunday afternoon to find out where the Orange stands.

This weekend, Mullen High School beat Pomona High School to claim their second straight Class 5A State Championship behind Syracuse quarterback commitment Jonny Miller and defensive end Nduka Onyeali. Onyeali, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound is another player the Syracuse staff hopes to nail down as part of their class and we talked to him to find out how realistic that may be.

"We beat Pomona 27-23 this weekend," Onyeali explained. "It was wild because they jumped on us 16-0 coming out of the gates and then we really started to lock down and play good defense for the rest of the game. On their second to last drive they scored again and then it all came down to stopping them one more time with a four point lead. They came downfield on us, but we ended up forcing a fumble that we recovered and that sealed it for us. I had a bunch of tackles and a sack in the game, but I really don't keep track of that."

We asked Onyeali to clarify his recruiting picture at this point.

"I'm pretty sure it will be Arizona State or Syracuse at this point," Onyeali said. "I've been talking to Minnesota and TCU as well, but right now I think I'll end up choosing from Syracuse and Arizona State."

"I really love the coaching staff at Syracuse," Onyeali stated. "The one thing that has changed is that they let their defensive line coach go and I had a great relationship with him, but I'm pretty sure they're bringing the new defensive line coach to meet me when they visit this week."

"I have a solid relationship with Coach Scott Shafer and really like the situation at Syracuse for me as a young player. I feel like I could bring a ton of energy and effort to the team and start as a freshman there which would be awesome. If I could be an impact player and help my team out immediately that would be a great feeling."

One thing that does seem to help Syracuse is the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

"If I do go to Syracuse I definitely want to check out the communications and broadcasting programs," Onyeali explained. "From what I've been told they're one of the best in the country when it comes to those fields, so that's something I'd definitely look into taking advantage of if I end up there."

Onyeali says that he hopes to make a decision within the next two weeks, but the call could come as soon as this week. He finished up his senior season with 17 sacks for Mullen.

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