Cerritos DL checking out options

At 6-3 and 285 pounds, <b>Joe Oniwar</b> (pronounced oh-KNEE-war) is an absolute run stuffer for Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. But to listen to him, he feels his mission is far from just making sure running backs are stifled.

"I think I'm better because I have a will to win," Oniwar told Dawgman.com. "I never want to lose. My goal is always to be in the offense's backfield. If I'm not there, then I'm not doing it right. I'm not doing what I need to do. I try to get my pad level down and stay quick off the ball. I'm aggressive and I'll always be there to make the play."

Joe has a self-reported 4.7 40 to his credit, as well as a 425-pound bench press, 500-pound squat lift and a 335-pound power clean.

Oniwar was originally recruited from Bellflower High School. "I came to Cerritos because of academics," Joe said, matter of factly. "I was all set up to go to New Mexico. San Jose State and Utah also recruited me."

He'll be graduating next spring and will have 3 years to play 2 at the D1 level. "I'm going to be a May transfer," he said, acknowledging that he'll still be missing spring practice wherever he signs.

Joe started all 11 games as a freshman, racking up 25 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 sacks and 7 hurries. This year, Oniwar has 18 tackles through 7 games, including 3 QB hurries.

His play has earned prolonged recruiting interest from UNLV, Colorado, Boise State, Idaho and San Jose State. The Broncos and Spartans are Joe's only official offers to this point.

Official visits? "I have a trip to UNLV set up for December 7th as long as our ballgame doesn't get in the way." Oniwar is also planning a trip to Arizona State.

And the Huskies? They appear to be lurking in the background. "I saw Coach Myers last spring," said Oniwar. "He came by to see me at practice. He said he liked my size, my motor and how I move. He said that he was going to be watching me this season."

Though he plans on making his official decision in a couple of months, Joe has a leader. "I'd say my top team right now is UNLV," he said. "I'll make my decision in early January."

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