Why UW? "Washington was persistent," said Onwuzurike. “And I love the city of Seattle and (Washington's) defense. The beautiful scenery. It's a very calm place. Feels like home."
Other Suitors: Onwuzurike committed to Washington the third week of January over a final four that included Michigan, Baylor, and Arizona State. He also had offers from Arkansas, Boston College, Georgia, Houston, Kansas State, Maryland, Miami (FL), Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, TCU, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and many others.
Scouting Report: “Onwuzurike is a tough even-front defensive end who could possibly play that spot or odd-front standing edge rusher at the P5 level. Factor vs. the run thanks to quick, strong hands that aid good disengaging skills. Often beats significantly larger O-linemen vs. run. Can bend the edge as a pass-rusher. High-motor player who plays through the whistle. Sure tackler. Quicker get-off would help him become even more dangerous pass-rusher.” (Gabe Brooks, Texas High School Analyst Scout.com)
Quotable: “With God’s Guidance, I am blessed to announced that I will be Committing to The University Of Washington.”
Projection: Onwuzurike is a well-rounded even-front defensive end prospect who has played against arguably the best high school football competition in the country for the past two years in Texas' Class 6A Division I, the state's largest division. During that time, Onwuzurike started at defensive end for a team that went 30-1, winning the 2014 Scout national championship during his junior season. As a run defender, Onwuzurike is strong at the point of attack. He's gained 30-plus pounds during the past year and a half and it showed during his senior campaign, when he recorded 53 tackles and eight sacks to earn Dallas Morning News Defensive Player Of The Year. He plays with quick, violent hands that enable him to regularly disengage and make plays against the run. He can also sometimes steer bigger linemen where he wants to clog running lanes or even make the tackle with his man hanging on him. Onwuzurike's ceiling as a pass-rusher is high. He has a good frame for an edge rusher and above average athleticism. Additionally, he's a high-motor player who plays through the whistle. He's spent the past two years practicing against the nation's best 2016 offensive tackle -- Mississippi commit Greg Little -- not to mention practicing against Oklahoma 2015 four-star offensive tackle signee Bobby Evans leading into and during his junior year. That, on top of the competition he faced regularly playing in Texas' largest class, should make the transition to Power Five football easier for Onwuzurike. One thing he can improve is his quickness off the snap. He does not yet play with a consistently fast get-off, but possesses the requisite physical traits and skill set to significantly improve that part of his game. He does use his pass-rush repertoire well, especially his rip and spin moves, so added speed at the snap should make him even better as a pass-rusher. Playing for the state's largest high school (about 6,000 students) also means Onwuzurike has been competing for playing time his entire high school career. He's put in the weight room work to greatly improve his recruiting stock, as evidenced by his lengthy offer list and boost in rankings. He's a low-key, reserved, yet intense prospect who should be a great student-athlete and teammate in college. (Gabe Brooks, Texas High School Analyst Scout.com)