Rangy defensive end Wanemi Omuso (6-3, 235 lbs., 4.9, Burlington Township HS) attended football camp and a 2008 game at West Virginia. His third trip to WVU, for the East Carolina game, gave him an opportunity to see some of the things he didn't have the chance to check out on his prior trips.
"They started us off with a tour of the Hall of Traditions. They had trophies from their bowl games, and jerseys of some of their great players. Then we ate, and they showed us some of the suites in the stadium. Then we went down to the field for pre-game to watch the team warm up, and they showed us how they do everything before the game. We watched the receivers and running backs warm up. That was good.
"Next, we went up into the stands to watch the game. They had a couple of the recruiting assistants sitting with us, and they explained all of the traditions there and what the people do in the stands. We got to go back on the field after the game, and the players came by us, and we went into the locker room to see how things worked there. It was a good experience."
Omuso, who has interest from Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple, and James Madison, among others, is something of a raw prospect. However, his lengthy frame gives promise of more growth to come, and it would be easy to see him sprouting with the body type of a Julian Miller or a Renaldo Turnbull. He does not have any offers yet, but that could just be a matter of time.
" Most of the schools recruiting me want to see my senior tape," he said. "We've just played one game so far, but after we play three I will get those together and sent a tape out to everyone. I played o.k. in that first game. I had five tackles."
Befitting his body type, Omuso is a speed rusher who loves to get upfield and pressure the quarterback. Of course, that's only half the battle for a well-rounded defensive end, so he's quick to add that he can stand his ground against the run as well.
Omuso also camped at Temple, Rutgers, James Madison, UConn and Syracuse this summer, and learned something different at each one. He also used those visits to enhance his knowledge of those programs.
"I was able to learn how the coaches play and what their style is. I looked at their defenses, and saw what they play. It was a chance to learn about the coaches."
Omuso was exposed to a number of different schemes and systems on his trips, but he doesn't prefer one system over another. He is comfortable working in any scheme, although he did indicate a preference for a coach that "gets after it".
"My coach, Tom Madeira, is that way, and he's all I've had, so I like that," he explained. "I play in a 4-2-5, but I could play in a 3-3. I am versatile. I like to pass rush, but you can put me inside and I can compete with the big boys."
As a junior, Omuso had approximately 40 tackles and six sacks from his defensive end position. He also played spot duty on the offensive line, but is almost certainly ticketed for a defensive line spot in college.