Defensive End Planning to visit Texas Tech

Since Coach Ruffin McNeill has taken over as defensive coordinator for the Red Raiders, there has been a big change in the types of players that see the field and that the coaches recruit. McNeill is looking for athleticism, quickness, and the ability to make big plays. RaiderPower.com caught up with one of the best defensive ends in the state about his recent offer from Texas Tech.

Cedar Park defensive end Holmes Onwukaife had an outstanding junior season, racking up 50 tackles and nine sacks and being named to both first team All-District and first team All-State squads. The college recruiting world has taken notice, and scholarship offers from around the country have begun to pour in.

"I'm up to nine offers now," Holmes said. "I have offers from Harvard, Rice, SMU, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Houston, Central Florida, UCLA, and Colorado. Minnesota, USC, and Maryland are all talking to me a lot, and I'm expecting to get at least one more offer this week.

"I don't really have a top five now, but I think I'll have a leader or leaders after spring ball, probably in June."

One offer that has Onwukaife excited is the Red Raiders, a team that he has been watching for some time.

"Texas Tech offered me two weeks ago. They're a great school. They're actually a very popular school around here despite us being only about twenty minutes from UT."

Despite not naming favorites yet, Holmes is very high on Texas Tech and says that he will definitely be visiting Lubbock soon.

"I have a really good first impression of Texas Tech, and I'm excited to get down there to visit and learn more about the program.

"The thing I am most impressed with about Texas Tech is that they have one of the best graduation rates in the Big 12. Their football program is on the rise, and I definitely plan on checking them out."

Onwukaife and defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill have not been able to hammer out all of the visit details just yet, but Holmes says that Coach McNeill is very anxious to get him on campus to see what the Red Raiders have to offer.

"I will probably visit Lubbock in a few months. I don't have anything scheduled yet because I'm busy with track. I qualified for the Texas Relays next week, where I'll throw the discus and shot put. Later on in the season, I'm also going to be running on the 4x100 relay."

McNeill has also talked with the talented end about how he would fit in to the team. Because of his speed and versatility, Onwukaife would see the field as both an outside linebacker and a defensive end.

"The Texas Tech coaches are projecting me to play outside linebacker and defensive end, depending on the scheme. I'll be playing a lot of outside linebacker next year, so that will be good experience."

For now, Onwukaife is focused on track and on ensuring that he continues to improve so that he is prepared to play at the collegiate level.

"This off-season, I'm just looking to hit the weight room, pay attention, and learn. After learning, I'll just get out there and play full speed.

"I think the things that set me apart from other ends are my quickness and my reaction time, the way that I get off the ball, so I want to continue to improve that."

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