Bruins Have Connection with Onyemaobi

Mar. 25 -- Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral athlete Michael Onyemaobi is a versatile prospect who can play on either side of the ball and UCLA has a connection with him...

Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral athlete Michael Onyemaobi (6-1, 191), can play on either side of the ball, even if his heart is on offense.

But it is defense where more schools like Onyemaobi and even he acknowledges his upside might be greatest on defense.

"I have more experience at receiver and my heart is at receiver right now and I feel more comfortable there," said Onyemaobi.  "But I do think I have more of a ceiling at DB."

Onyemaobi has offers from California, Washington State, Idaho, Hawaii, UCLA, Arizona State, Iowa State, New Mexico and Oregon State.

And schools like ArizonaPurdue and Washington are staying in touch with him, as well as Colorado.

"Most schools are looking at me as an athlete, but some specifically have said DB, they like me as a man corner, some like me as a nickel type, but they like my size and length, especially in the Pac-12.

One school in particular high on Onyemaobi is UCLA.

"Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), wants me as a cornerback then maybe grow into a safety or nickel," said Onyemaobi.

And Onyemaobi has a connection to the Bruins.

"My best friend is (incoming freshman) Demetric Felton," said Onyemaobi.  "That's my connection.  He's like my brother.  He's doing his job to recruit for UCLA, but he's also big on me going where I fit best."

Washington State, Cal and Iowa State are also on Onyemaobi hard.

"Those are three good schools that I could succeed and do well," said Onyemaobi.

Washington has picked up their interest in Onyemaobi and they like him on offense.

"UW is recruiting me specifically as a receiver," said Onyemaobi.  "Coach (Keith) Bhonapha was who started recruiting me but now Coach (Bush) Hamdan is recruiting me more.  I'll attend the Washington camp this summer."

Onyemaobi plans to camp at The Opening Oakland and may do some other camps in the offseason. 

A decision isn't likely to come anytime soon.

"I was going to do it before the summer, but now I think I'm going to end up waiting until the end of my season," said Onyemaobi.  "I just want to make sure I'm making the best decision for my future."

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