Football Recruiting

Holmes Onwukaife: ‘I Was in Awe’

Holmes Onwukaife is one of the top athletes in the state of Texas for the class of 2010 and on Sunday the Cedar Park defensive end had a chance to make an impression on Longhorn coaches at a Texas summer camp. However, it seems Texas also made an impression on him.
Holmes Onwukaife enjoyed the entire day he spent at the University of Texas, but his favorite moment came when he and the other athletes attending the camp got to walk on to the field at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium.

“When we were in that stadium, looking around and picturing 90,000 fans, I was in awe,” said Onwukaife.

Needless to say, Texas made an impression on Onwukaife, who will be a highly-recruited defensive end as his high school career continues. Along with the Longhorns, the schools he’s most interested in are Rice, Stanford, Baylor, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M and Princeton. However, Texas is now in the driver’s seat for the CenTex athlete after a great visit. “It was an exciting experience just to see Texas and begin developing relationships with the coaches,” said Onwukaife.

The coach he spent the most time with was Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles. Giles also worked with Onwukaife in one-on-one and individual drills to help him improve his technique.

“We worked on my pass rush technique and I also learned about developing a plan,” said Onwukaife. “You’ve got to develop a plan of how to get to the quarterback on every down.”

Onwukaife also got to meet many of the players who are currently committed to Texas and go up against some of them in one-on-ones drills. Onwukaife said the offensive lineman who gave him the toughest fight was 6-foot-7, 300-pound Mason Walters.

“He was really good,” said Onwukaife. “And he was big. I mean, I knew he was big, but I didn’t know he was that big.”

On his side of the ball, Onwukaife said that Texas defensive end commit Alex Okafor, another Central Texas native, was very impressive in drills. Onwukaife enjoyed working out with all of the players at the camp, though, and called competing with them a “thrill.” He also wanted to take as much away from the camp in terms of skills so he can continue to improve as his junior season approaches. This week, Onwukaife and his Cedar Park teammates get to work in summer strength and conditioning and the junior-to-be is hoping to add another half-inch or so of height and another five to seven pounds of muscle to his already 6-2, 210-pound frame.

He’s getting interest already from a lot of schools and he’s got a few favorites, but he’s not thinking about recruiting to much. He’ll begin discussing with his parents and coaches about the recruiting process once as his junior season gets underway, but by all indications Holmes Onwukaife will be a hot commodity in recruiting for 2010.