Cougs offer Houston-area 'backer

WASHINGTON STATE HAS made Texas a recruiting emphasis given Mike Leach's off-the-charts name recognition in the Lone Star State. Among the more recent offers extended by the Cougars -- one to a Houston-area defenseman so athletic he might step in and play QB this year at his high school.

Sugar Land's Jacob Onyechi (6-2, 180) drew a lot of attention this May Evaluation period at Kempner High. He's landed offers from Washington State, Iowa State, Duke and others, with Houston among those who could be next.

"I could see myself going out there to Washington State. My coach says if I go somewhere I should go far, far away to grow as a man…but I can also see myself staying home, either one would have benefits," said Onyechi.

Onyechi's recruiting stock has been rising because of his play at safety but with his frame and athleticism, playing closer to the line might be in the cards at the next level.

"Washington State is talking about outside linebacker," said Onyechi. "It's a blessing to even have that opportunity… I was never really expecting schools to be looking at outside linebacker."

ONYECHI WILL COMPETE for the starting quarterback job at Kempner this year. He's never played the position before.

But he's athletic, savvy and with great instincts -- and might prove to be the best choice to lead the offense this season.

"I think (WSU) liked my athleticism, they've seen me play a lot of different positions," said Onyechi.

The recruiting process is still new to him, said Onyechi, and he has plenty of research left to do on the various schools recruiting him.

"I wouldn't say there is a leader quite yet," he said.

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