The TCU Horned Frogs are off to a blistering start with the 2016 class. With seven commitments, five of those being Scout 300 prospects, TCU looks to be putting together the most talent rich recruiting haul in school history. They’re also building invaluable pipelines to the metroplex’s bountiful powerhouse programs such as Cedar Hill, Dallas Skyline, DeSoto and Allen and they hope their hard work is starting to pay off. One 2016 prospect that hails from the two-time defending State Champion Allen Eagles is defensive end Levi Onwuzurike. The 6’3” 243 pound athlete is turning heads and the Frogs hope that they can grab his attention.
With the Allen Eagles finishing the season as state champs for the second season in a row, Onwuzirike has had the opportunity to show his talents on the biggest stage in Texas. After completing another amazing title run, the junior defender spoke about his journey.
”The season started out pretty rough because we were a young defense so we weren’t really developed at all and we still had a lot of things to learn” said Onwuzurike. “But, we still had our offense to have our back but as the season went on, things started getting better and I think our defense started rolling pretty fast.”
”At first, I was pretty new to the game because that was my first varsity start and I was just trying to play on that level” he said. “Once I got the hang of it, I started playing loose and I started playing a little more free so the better I played.”
Onwuzirike is just now starting to scratch the surface of his immense potential and he hopes to build on his impressive junior campaign. On the season, the defensive end had 6 sacks, roughly 70 tackles and “a couple” of tackles for loss as he explained. As the season wore on, Onwuzirike gained confidence.
”It hit me about mid-season and everything king of just came a little bit easier” he said. “I got pretty far in to the game.”
As far as what he’d like to improve on entering his senior year, the highly sought after prospect says he wants to become elite and to do so, he’ll need to improve in certain areas.
”I’m working more on my feet and my pass rush” said the rising junior. “I’m pretty sure I have strength and I have the run down pretty nice but I definitely want to work on my pass rush and my footwork.”
With offers on the table from Northwestern, Duke and Texas Tech, the country is starting to take notice of his talent. The offers from Duke and Northwestern confirm the fact that he’s serious about what he does in the classroom as well as what he does on the field.Although Onwuzirike has yet to hear from the Frogs, he says they’re a program he would like to hear from. However, another Big 12 program has caught his attention too and he says he’s been hearing from them lately.
”Baylor has been talking to me and I like that school” he said. “I don’t really have any favorites though so far, I’m just trying to work hard and get more offers.”
Asked if he had any junior day visits lined up, the Allen star explained that he had just one event booked at this point.
”I will visit the Baylor junior day on the 31st (of January) and I plan on going down to Texas Tech and checking them out.” As far as a TCU visit for a junior day goes, Onwuzirike says he would gladly accept if the offer to attend a junior day if an offer came down from the Frogs. “Oh yeah, if I get an invite, I would go.”
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