April 27, 2009

Onyeali stock is skyrocketing

With measurables that will turn heads, Denver Mullen High School linebacker/defensive end Nduka Onyeaoi Junior is beginning to see the interest in his services pick up. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder features a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a bench press of 400 pounds and a squat of 550 pounds. Those numbers, coupled with a grade-point average of 3.1 have netted him a lot of college interest as well as two scholarship offers.


Onyeaoi, who goes by Junior, said he has been offered by Arizona State as well as Tulsa after an All-State and All-Conference season last year that saw him collect 105 tackles and 19 sacks.

"I think pass rush is probably one of my specialties," Junior said. "I am more of a speed rusher. I use my strength and every now-and-again, I use my strength, but usually my speed gets the job done."

Junior, who said his uncle was a soccer player for the Nigerian national team, is looking at Arizona State, in part, because they are going to let him decide what position he wants to play collegiately. Tulsa has said they would like him to play defensive end. Both are looking to get Junior to their campus for off-season camps or visits.

In addition to Arizona State and Tulsa, Junior is also hearing from Cal, Kansas State, as well as the in-state Colorado Rams. Junior said he is getting plenty of letters from the Rams, but has not yet talked to him over the phone. He added he has been to Colorado State before and the Rams are hoping he can make it to a summer camp.

"I am looking for a good atmosphere first of all and good coaches to help me be a better player," Junior said. "A good atmosphere means I get a good vibe when I am there, there is love shown."

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