Over the weekend UNLV hosted some of the top recruits at their positions when the Rebels took on, and beat Wyoming. One of those recruits who was in attendance on an unofficial trip was an athlete who is committed to Cal as a cornerback named Michael Onyemaobi. Onyemaobi is a 6'1/185 pound athlete from Chaparral HS in Temecula, CA who is being looked at as a wide receiver by the Rebels coaching staff. He is rated as the 4th best athlete in the state of California and a 3 star recruit according to Scout.com. Onyemaobi can do it on the field and would be an impact player for the Rebels from day 1. I had the opportunity to get a chance to know Michael and ask him a few questions about his trip to Vegas, the Rebels upset win over Wyoming and what it was like for him on the sidelines and in the locker room after the game.
1. What were you thinking watching that CRAZY game between UNLV and Wyoming? How did you feel after the game and describe what the locker room scene was for you?
The game was WILD! Definitely one of the most intense games I've ever attended. The locker room was great also! Great atmosphere and energy around those players.
2. Being that you are currently committed to Cal, what made you take unofficial trips to UNLV (and Iowa St) and are you 100% solid to Cal?
I am 100% committed to Cal. Always have been, always will be. I am simply exploring the rest of my options and crossing checking everywhere before I finalize the biggest decision of my life thus far.
3. Does UNLV recruiting you as a WR entice you, intrigue you or give you pause as to your commitment to the Cal Bears?
It's definitely a good feeling knowing that somebody has identified my potential on the offensive side of the ball. I feel well rounded at receiver and very comfortable in my ability as far as releases, route running and a strong set of hands.
4. What are your strengths on the field as a WR and DB and what are your areas that you need to improve on?
At receiver a big strength of mine is my feet. Since before I picked up a football, footwork has always been over emphasized in my football career so far. This has helped me with my releases off the line as well as getting in and out of routes. Another strength I have offensively is my body control. I feel that I move well. An area I can improve on offensively is my elusiveness after the catch. I have the feet to make people miss, it's now about putting it all together and making a great play. Defensively, a BIG advantage I have is my size. I am long and able to get my hands on receivers. This is also good for creating matchups with bigger receivers. An area that I can improve on defensively if my off man coverage.
5. You were with the some of the other UNLV top recruits at your respective positions over the weekend. How did you and the other recruits that were at the game get a long? Have you played against any of them or know them prior to your visit?
I didn't really speak with any players except for my guest (host) and coaches.
6. What was your overall impression of your UNLV trip, the program in general and has the new Fertitta Football Complex and stadium that will be built soon played a role in your impression of UNLV? Also, what do you think of Coach Sanchez and they way his staff is recruiting you? Have they impressed you?
I enjoyed my time at UNLV. Definitely a good experience. Coach Sanchez and his staff are definitely building something great over there.
7. Lastly, what are you looking for in a school? If you had to list the things that matter most to you, what are they?
A few things that I am looking for in a school are the quality of the education that I will be getting to place me in great positioning after football. Getting on the field early as well as competing in a conference with much competition and the proximity from home. I would LOVE for my family to be able to come and watch me play.