Bobcats Offer Coveted DB
With ten offers and numerous teams showing interest, George Ranch HS class of 2016 safety Mikial Onu is a coveted DB, despite having no stars on most of the recruiting sites. “I didn’t really have much of a sophomore year, I didn’t see the field much so I didn’t get noticed,” said Onu. “But it’s really starting to pick up for me the past few months after last season.” Along with Texas State, Onu holds offers from Rice, Army, Navy, Air Force, Northwestern, Nevada, SMU, Fresno State and New Mexico, while garnering interest of some big name schools such as Utah, Oklahoma, Stanford, California and Washington. He has a visit planned on June 8 at Northwestern. He then plans on going to Fresno St the next week and Nevada on his way back from Fresno. Northwestern is the only visit set in stone. “I’m looking for competition. Not just for myself but also against other schools,” said Onu. “Academics, atmosphere and coaching staff are really important to me. I’m not really into the playing early thing, it’s not that important to me. I could go to a lot of schools and play now but I want to go to the right school.” All this attention for Onu has come at him so fast, he barley has had time to even process it, “I’m waiting until the summer to really rank them. At this point I don’t have a top five or anything but in a couple weeks, when I can really sit down and think about it, I’ll rank them… I was real excited and surprised when (TXST) offered me. I spoke to coach (Brad) Franchione a couple weeks ago and he said they liked me and stuff. I didn’t really think too much about it but then they offered and I was really honored to receive one.” At 5’11”, 180 lbs (his Scout.com page says he’s 6’0”, 185lbs but he told me his real measurements), he reportedly ran a 4.48 forty-time. His Hudl video is filled with athletic interceptions and some big time hits. “I like to get in people’s faces, I like to hit. I play smart, though,” said Onu. “I’m always anticipating something. Most people say I know the play before the play is ran. I pride myself on my reactions, my quickness and my competitiveness.” Last season, he accumulated 52 tackles, three interceptions, 14 pass-defenses, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A player of Onu’s caliber may seem like a long shot for the Bobcats to land but they hold an advantage over some of the other schools. His teammate and friend at George Ranch HS, running back Darius Anderson, also holds on offer from the Bobcats, “(Anderson is) one my best friends,” said Onu. “When TXST offered us, we were really happy because it was our first joint offer. It was really special for us; he’s a best friend of mine. He’s fast, strong, he never wants to be on the ground, he’s a tough runner. Going against him in practice every day has definitely made me and the defense much better.” SMU and New Mexico have also offered both. SMU offered Anderson a year ago and they recently offered Onu. We will check back with Onu and update you in the following weeks when he has time to weigh his offers.
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