Onyechi…a back with a major purpose

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Deer park running back Shawn Onyechi. This is a TPI Premium article.

Majority of football players who are truly dedicated to the game of football feel as though every time they step foot on the field, they are exhausted and have given all they had.

But for a player like Deer Park running back Shawn Onyechi, this season has so many facts to it. As if it is not enough that he wants to lead his team through a deep playoff run, Onyechi is out to shoe that he is one of the premier backs in the Greater Houston area.

"I want to lead the team far into the playoffs. To do whatever I can and carry them on my back," Onyechi said. I need to do more of what I did tonight."

On that night, which was the previous Thursday against rival Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Onyechi had 24 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-7 win. With that win, the Deer are 6-2, 4-1 in district play with opponents Pearland and Pasadena Memorial remaining on the schedule.

For the moment, Onyechi wanted to just savor the win that just happened, but also look ahead for what needed to be done.

"I played a big role in the game tonight, but I can't do anything without my team, especially the offensive line. They played well tonight," Onyechi said. "It's all about teamwork and unity. I try to lead the offense in everything I do. We have two tough games coming up so we need to have a couple good weeks of practice."

On the year, Onyechi has broken the 1,000-yard mark with 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns. And that level of play is what he will likely try to continue, as he wants to take his game play to the next level.

In a sense, he is one year behind after losing his entire junior year due to injury. But, he looks to update his resume on a weekly basis.

"No offers on the table. I'm ready to get that first offer on the table and get that over with," Onyechi said. "Nobody has really pulled my trigger. I have been waiting all season for somebody to pull my trigger."

Though he is optimistic, a slight case of frustration has set in as he wants to prove that he is a guy worthy of a Division I opportunity. With that said, there are a handful of schools giving him a look.

Programs like Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Minnesota and Stanford have all made contact.

But there are two that have been showing heavy interest, almost to the point of a possible future offer.

"Texas State and Navy have been recruiting me the hardest. Northwestern is in there as well," Onyechi said. " I am really hoping for that first one. Once that happens, then I hope for the offers to just start coming in."

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